|The Old Forge, Pound Lane, Godalming,
The Old Forge was for many years run by members of the same family.
In 1855 James Stilwell was listed as beer retailer & blacksmith
at the Pound Lane property.
By 1878 "Steven Mackey & Son, shoeing smith" were
advertising and the business was still there still there
The Mackey's ran a riding school and forge.
1878 - "Steven Mackey & Son, shoeing smiths, from
Messrs. Mavor's, vetinary surgeons, Park Street, Grosvenor
square, London w. ; hunters and other horses of every description
carefully shod on Mavor's principle at moderate terms, Pound
Godalming born Steven Mackey was James Stillwell's son in
law and worked for him as a farrier.
Stephen was a widower in 1861 and shared a home with his father
in law who was also a widower; Stephen's son was not at home.
In 1881 Stephen,
by now 62 and a "Blacksmith Employing Three Men",
was still living in Pound Lane with Emma Stillwell: Emma was
both his sister in law and housekeeper and the daughter of
The business was taken over by Harry Mackey, described as
a Shoeing Smith (Master) in 1881 and who was with his wife
and young family at 2 Cranmer Place.
In 1901 Harry was a "farrier" and so were his two
sons Arthur and Harry.
Stephen died in 1900, aged 80, and Harry senior died in 1911.
The card, which shows that postage should have been a ½d,
was not franked. It was, however, addressed to someone in St. Jean,
Qué[bec]. I assume it was written by one of the Canadians
who were based close by during the First World War. "Godalming
being the largest town near our camp, though not as big as St. Jean"
(rough translation from the French) . It is signed Adelard.
Also see, in another section of this website:
Surrey : A Personal View
Surrey : Murder, Trial & Execution, 1817-18
"The Old Forge, Pound Lane, Godalming". Frith Series
Postcard No.62243. Not posted. Message quoted above.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
 "Post Office Directory
of Essex, Herts, Kent ..." (1855), Part 1: Counties & Localities,
pub. Kelly & Co., Old Boswell Court, Temple Bar, London,
 "Post Office Directory
(1878) Kelly & Co. Ltd, London, p.2233
 "Kelly's Directory of Surrey"
(1913) Kelly & Co. Ltd, London, p.210
 1861 Census of England and Wales,
 1881 Census of England and Wales,
 1901 Census of England and Wales,
"Memories of Farncombe and Godalming" (1981), The
Godalming Trust. The late Ray Martin, a former Mayor, described
life in Pound Lane. Harry Mackey's sons were mentioned by Mr. Martin.