Churchyard  to vicarage 3.jpg Churchyard to field.jpg Fernleigh.jpg  Lilac Cottage Gate.jpg


Gates in the parish which were probably made in the Tallentire smithy:-

1) Gate leading from the churchyard towards the former vicarage

2) Gate leading from the churchyard to the public footpath in the field.

3) Gate in the Fernleigh garden.

4) Gate leading into Lilac Cottage garden.

It would be interesting to know of any similar gates in the area, when detials could possibly added to the selection of images above. Contact webmaster@bridekirkparish.org.uk to notify. An image would be useful.

Historically, what we now regard as industry in a rural village would have been limited to blacksmithing, mining and quarrying. Our Bridekirk parish villages would have been in this mould. Some services would have been provided by nearby Cockermouth, but our villages would have been at least partially self-sufficient. One of the more important services would have been the smithy in those days of horse power. Not only shoes for the horses, but carts, wagons, ploughs, gate catches and hinges and wrought iron garden gates would all have been locally made.

It is these garden gates which remain one obvious piece of this history in our parish.

The blacksmith’s shop in Tallentire was at Smithy Croft.

From 1841 until 1881 John Harrison Sharp was listed as the blacksmith. There is no record of a grave in St Bridget’s Bridekirk churchyard, but by the date of the 1881 census he was 78 years old. John’s son, Thomas was a blacksmith in 1871, but is not on the 1881 census. Sadly there is a record of a Thomas Sharp aged 38 dying in Cockermouth between April and June in 1871.

The blacksmiths who worked in Dovenby are detailed here, with the information taken from the 1921, 1925 and 1929 Kelly’s Directories, which lists residents, but only includes any persons considered important and some larger tradespeople.

Jonathan Carr is shown in the 1921 Kelly’s Directory as the Dovenby Blacksmith. The blacksmith shown in Dovenby in 1925 was William Robinson, being assisted by Jonathan Carr. Jonathan Carr is shown in the 1929 Kelly’s Directory as the only Dovenby Blacksmith.

Up to now, I have been unable to identify census or other records for this Jonathan Carr, or William Robinson.