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Orme`s Smithy

White Cottage (photo by Neville Bester)


Orme`s Smithy, Sowcar derives it`s name from John Orme who established smithy there in 1698. The surname Orme has been current in this district from 1454. Orme`s Smithy and cottages were purchased by John Gaskell senior of Ingersley in 1754 from Cooper Lunt of Manchester for £540. Directories of 1860 and 1874 show the smithy was worked by George Samuel Blease, but it remained in the Gaskell family until it was sold as part of Miss A.T.Gaskell`s property in 1930.

Peter Leigh who was maintenance/ handyman at Ingersley Hall took Orme`s Smithy with his wife Eliza in 1930, see photo below of them with all their children and their spouses. 

Thank you to Wendy Butterworth for the two images above of her Ancestors


Census: (so far)

George Samuel Blease aged thirty six years from Lower Withington was living in high street. By 1861,1871 and 1881 he was working in the Smithy and living in an Orme`s Smithy cottage. He had four children born between 1851 and 1861. It is thought that Blaze Hill might even be named for him as Blease and Blaze are interchangeable on many documents.

1881 The Holt family were living at Orme`s Smithy itself. Tom Holt was born there this year, he died in 1918 fighting for his country in the first World War. His Mother Martha (nee Blease) emigrated to Toronto with her seven children in the early 1900`s.

1891 George has moved away from his cottage at Orme`s Smithy following the death of his wife Rachel (nee Ford) in 1885. He moved in with his daughter Rachel and son in law Henry Hough at 46 Church Street and died in 1899.


Orme`s Smithy can be seen painted white just over half way up on the far left of this 1914 photograph