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The history of Garston Forge

In years gone by, every town, village and hamlet would have had a blacksmith’s shop at its heart. Here at the Museum, we saved and re-erected a forge from Garston. In the middle of the 19th century, Garston was a hamlet to the northwest of Watford. From the late 1850s until 1926, this forge in

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Sheepdog Jess working the sheep

Jess the sheepdog at 10 months

Jess is progressing well at 10 months Well, it’s been a while since I updated you last and there are two reasons for that, firstly with summer coming finally my spare time has decreased considerably, the garden taking most of it, secondly the training of a sheepdog goes through phases, and this one is a

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Shepherd's living van

Shepherd Vans and Lambing

Nowadays, people might mainly think of shepherd’s vans as romantic holiday hideaways or useful garden offices but, during the nineteenth century, they were an important part of farming life and were regularly seen dotted around the countryside. It’s tempting to think that they were rarely used before about 1800 but this may just be because

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Edwardian toilets at Chiltern Open Air Museum

Caversham Toilets and Social History

COAM Caversham toilets and social history The Museum is rightly proud of its Edwardian public conveniences. These were originally situated at the south-east corner of the bridge over the Thames at Caversham, for use by passengers of the Reading tram which operated from 1901 until 1939 and terminated at the bridge. The conveniences were opened

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