While I was in the village yesterday I did something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, I stopped off and took a photo of the ‘mounting stone’ This stone used to mark where the old Smithy stood, although it has moved at least ten foot in my lifetime. At the moment it is lurking in the undergrowth just off the main road.
On the front of the stone there is a bronze plaque explaining what it is (why did they have to place it on the actual stone … grrr..) I have had no luck finding out where it came from but I presume it is a local erratic if it has been there as long as the Smithy itself – why would they bother dragging it from a distance. It reminds me very much of the stone in Styal Woods which I have blogged about before.
The Smithy was probably there in the early 1800s (1836-51) as the building is shown on the Tithe map, it is actually labelled on the 1875 and 1910 maps. I have marked the spot where the stone is now on the modern map. If you compare the Smithy buildings on the earlier maps with the modern map you can see the stone has moved about 50ft south. The smithy had the first petrol pump in the village!
I’ve decided to show the original tithe map rather than one of the later ones because I think it is fascinating how you can still make out the old field boundaries in the layout of the modern village.
Old Tithe Map of Bramhall The Modern Map
If you fancy whiling away a few hours, Cheshire East Council have a fab tool on their site (it’s where I borrowed these pictures from!) - you can compare old maps of Cheshire with modern ones. Take a look here