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The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths recognise Geoff Dodd


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  1. Your web sites on Blacksmiths seem to only mention Chaiinbridge not the one at Deeping St James. I do know one existed and thought it was now a musuem ..

    I say this because I must be one of the few that visited the Forge when it was working PRE-WAR.

    In about 1938 when I was 7yrs old I came with my grandfather to stay with his cousin Fanny Morton who lived in the village. Out walking one day,, we stopped at the Forge as my grandfather had worked in Engineering and was very keen to talk to the Blacksmith who was very friendly.

    I have very fond memories of my stay !

    1. Thanks for the memory. At the height of Blacksmithing in Spalding there were 10 master Blacksmiths in Spalding alone. I must say it would be a useful activity to plot there locations. Chain Bridge Forge has been a working Forge since the mid 1700’s.
      Please send us more memories Regards Geoff

      1. Geoff,
        Thanks for reply. I noticed your name mentioned under Trade Directory, are you or others interested in my family connections to the Deeping St James Baker/Confectionery Shop with it’s own POST Office,

        Regards Terry.

        1. Thanks for your message and Yes please. regards Geoff Taylor. I had the great pleasure of working with Geoff Dodd creating a museum which recorded many of his memories and enabled us to preserve the craft by involving young people.

  2. I grew up in Spalding in the 1960’s and i have some nice memories of Geoff Dodd making the floats for the Tulip parade and then one year, the float framework was parked in the driveway of the house next to ours in Park Road and filled with straw and those who lived in the street and others, decorated it with Tulip heads. On the day of the parade, i was alowed to go inside the float in the motorised part of it and be an unseen passenger alongside the driver… peering out from a letterbox sized gap. I can still remember the smell of being surrounded by thousands of tulips, some of which i had fixed in place with my brother and the rest of my family. Spalding was an idyllic childhood then and i can clearly remeber Geoff Dodds smiling face and quiet manner.

    1. Thanks so much for memory. Geoff was a great gent. Have you got any more memories you would like to share.

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