What is junk and what is heritage? There is a very fine line here to distinguish, is it the junk that makes the heritage or is the heritage the junk. These are difficult decisions that the trustees have to make. All the usable and and hand made tools have been logged and stored ready for cleaning and restoration, to be placed back into the smithy once the restoration is complete.
An important discovery was made, Dryden James day books, some dating back to 1958. Dryden was a precise record keeper and all his customers, jobs and materials are meticulously logged. Not only is this a record of the work carried out at the smithy it also serves as a unique parish record as all the major tradesmen, large house owners and farmers are listed.