1-7. Kenyon Lane with attached Smithy. Lowton, WA3 1LJ
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At Risk: No
“The Smithy on Kenyon Lane at Lane Head has been in the Jordan family for more than 60 years. Mr Bert Jordan, son of the original balcksmith, carries on the busioness, shoeing horses and welding of every description. He also runs a mobile smithy service. The house on the right [directly south of the smithy] was in the 1920s the home of a former blacksmith Mr Amos Henshaw, who with his wife ran a temperance bar in the front room.”
Mr Worsley adds in his later book “The Dwindling Furrows of Lowton” (1988) that:
“The smithy attracted people all day long; the curious, the lonely, idlers, those looking for shelter and warmth, some seeking directions, but the Jordans had more than their share of visitors in the early 1930s when the smithy was made famous because of their apprentice, Peter Kane, who became World Fly Weight champion in 1938... “.
The 1930s photograph shows Peter Kane at work there with the two Messrs Jordan.
Text and images by the Makerfield Rambler