When Whitley was still largely an agricultural village, the smithy stood at the east end of Front Street, seen to the right in what is now the middle of Whitley Road. The picture dates between 1895 and 1901.
Since the early 1850s the blacksmith were Charltons. Thomas Charlton came from Haydon Bridge. He married a Monkseaton woman and settled in the cottage next to the workshop.
His large family included Thomas Charlton, who had a market garden at Dickey’s Holme and lived there with his wife and two children.
Ten years later it was occupied by William John Charlton, his wife and four children.
To widen Front Street, the smithy was demolished in 1901 and the business moved to Victoria Terrace, where it remained until 1921.
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