I have looked at your website with interest but wondered if you could tell me whether there was ever a blacksmith’s forge at Tanworth in Arden, Knowle, or Hampton in Arden? Alternatively would you know where William Allday, blacksmith and bellows maker who I believe was born in circa 1767 and died in 1834 (and was married to Elizabeth Ford) was based?
I believe he was the founder of William Alldays and sons who a century later would become Alldays and Onions, a major Birmingham manufacturer and reputedly the oldest engineering company in the world. I am trying to find out where it all started – which I understand was William, a simple blacksmith who made tools then bellows. I don’t know where he was born and I don’t know where his blacksmith’s workshop was. When he died he was living in Edmund Street Birmingham and is buried in St Mary’s church Birmingham.