The blacksmith’s workshop in the Nottinghamshire village of Gonalston has a black horseshoe-shaped arch around the doors.
To confirm its purpose, the brick horseshoe, complete with nail heads, encloses a board with the verse:
Gentlemen, as you pass by,
Pray on this shoe cast your eye
If it’s too strait we’ll make it wider
T’will ease the horse and please the rider
If lame by shoeing (as they sometimes are)
You can have them eased with the greatest care
The Gonalston smithy was featured on The Hoof Blog in 2008. Someday, I'll be the author of a book on the smithies, smiddies, forges and shoeing shops of the world!