Mansfield Mystery

Where is it?

What purpose or use?

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  • A blacksmith would instantly recognise or work out what use it served in sitting as their tools and methods have changed little over the years. Could it be the end stone to an outside bench? The angles are perfect for that. The wooden seat and other stone end lost. Maybe it was located as it is long ago by someone with a sense of humour and a wish for it to survive as a mysterious relic, rather than be recycled.

    By Glenn Sutcliffe (03/01/2022)
  • I would suggest that it looks more like an anchor point for lifting tackle. Mounted at the top of a building it would provide an ideal fixing for a wrought iron anchorage that protruded from the building and to which pulley blocks etc. could be attached. Similar devices abound in Amsterdam, where at the time there was a tax based on the width of houses. They were therefore built very narrow and very high. This meant that the staircases were too narrow for the movement of furniture. hence the lifting apparatus to get your piano in through the window.

    I was born and Bred in Glapwell in the 40’s and served an apprenticeship at wiggies service dept on Bridge St Mansfield. The Old Mill as we knew it, Later becoming a restaurant simply called “The Mill”

    By Ian Mellows (23/02/2015)
  • The shape is that of, or very similar to, the metal head of a fire brigade ceiling hook. This was fitted onto a long pole to pull down unsafe ceilings after or during a fire.

    By David Coxon (07/03/2013)
  • Yes Ralph indeed could be relating to the blacksmith. Which was definetly on this site, as my great uncle John George Bramwell was the blacksmith here, and his son later became a fireman.

    By Angela Roche (28/02/2012)
  • This may be a positive lead, Angela,in the early days, blacksmiths often worked closely with the early fire brigades, maintaining, equipment, and of course the shoeing of horses. This could tie in with the stone trough, perhaps left as a momento of times past

    By Ralph Holt (27/02/2012)
  • Also on this site was the blacksmiths, would it have anything to do with that?

    By Angela Roche (20/02/2012)
  • Is it in the corner of the car park on Toothill Lane at the back of the Handley Arcade? Could it be something to do with the fire service…….?

    By Darren Turner (17/02/2012)
  • Congratulations,this is on the car park,on Toothill Lane, the purpose I don’t know, it has puzzled me for some time, It is on the site of the old fire station, but could have been brought from some other place.

    By Ralph Holt (17/02/2012)
  • One end of a stone trough

    By michael wilson (16/02/2012)

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