Farrier has society ‘in stitches’ with his fascinating tales

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Doug Bradbury, Clay Cross’ world renowned master farrier, gave Mansfield Family History Society the funniest evening they have ever had during his talk recently.

At the age of 76 and still working part time, he gave a rare and fascinating insight into the skilled work and life of the very small band of farriers that exist today but who are still in such much demand worldwide.

From leaving school he has continued the family trade, with his son proudly following on and attaining the highest accolade by qualifying as a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers.

That takes him to worldwide places, such is the international demand for this much respected rare skill that is equally in demand today as in the days before the motor car. From his own museum collection of just about every type of horseshoe, he showed examples from the Roman and Medieval periods that we enjoyed handling.

Member Richard Gleed-Owen said: “He has a wonderful sense of humour and had us in stitches.