To complement The York Festival’s rare and endangered crafts program, Rob Garton-Smith, President of the York Society, will present this tour as part of our LiveLighter Walking Tour Program which will visit some of the sites of the earliest blacksmiths of York which date back to 1841, the arrival of the first blacksmith to York. His shop still exists in the town centre. From then on, competition between blacksmiths was intense and sometimes humorous.
- The blacksmith who drowned;
- The philosopher blacksmith;
- The wheelwright / iron founder / engineer / publican / miller / entrepreneur / to become bankrupt blacksmith; and
- The former convict blacksmith who became a property baron.
Please note: Tour duration listed is an estimate. The duration of the tour may change on the day.
The tour leaves from Botanicalia Cafe at 152 Avon Terrace. All proceeds go towards The York Society.