A bill from Mr Thomas, the blacksmith

Ploughing with Bank house horses

Here is Mr Selwyn Harries, at a local ploughing match, showing us how farming used to be done.

Before the age of tractors, the horses on my great-grandfather’s farm at Hescwm worked hard and the proof is in the number of horse shoes they went through. This bill shows that the Thomas family were already the Dinas blacksmiths and that they expected to be paid twice a year, not an unduly long interval when you consider that many accounts were settled annually on a Lady Day.

A bill from the blacksmith

Selwyn Harries’ beautiful horses can often be seen grazing in the fields between the main road and the path down to Aberbach, where you can admire their strength and enormous feet.


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I'm passionate about books, about Oxfam and about making the world a better place. When I'm not filling the shelves in Oxfam Wilmslow, I might be found reading the books I've bought in the beautiful surroundings of North Pembrokeshire.
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