School: Ballinakill (B.) (roll number 895)

Location:
Ballinakill, Co. Laois
Teacher:
William Hande

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The Local Forge

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0831, Page 056

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The forge is situated in the centre of a V road near the town, and it is a very old building. Horses and asses are shod there, and implements of the farm are both made and repaired, and there are every kind of tools in the forge for making their implements.

There are two benches, one at the end and the other at the side, and there is a stone trough at the end of one of the benches and there is a little one beside the door. The bellows is in a corner and a wooden handle for blowing it and there is a stone hob in front of it. There is a drilling machine for boring metal on one of the benches. And there are two anvils a big one and a small one, the big one is used for the work, it is laid on a block and two staples on each side of it to keep it from falling off. There are two square doos one on each side of the house, the door on the left side is in two parts. And there are two windows on the right side of it.
There is a cement floor in it and

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Collector
James Fitzpatrick
Gender
male
Address
Ballinakill, Co. Laois
Informant
Fitzpatrick
Relation
parent
Gender
male
Occupation
smith
Address
Ballinakill, Co. Laois
Language
English