BLACKSMITHS AT REDHILL
This was supplied by Dave Massie who is descended from the Hewett family, a long line of Blacksmiths that owned the smithy from 1750-1950. John Hewet (1680?-?) apprenticed his son George (1722-1800) to be a blacksmith in 1737. He was the founder of the family firm, which was passed to John Hewett (1756-1832), Benjamin (1802-1880), Henry (1844-1930) and finally William Frank Hewett (1874-1950). It was sold up in 1950.
Dave also supplied this extract from a Surrey Mirror article dated 6 Aug 1972 or 1973, by Guy Bingham
'Lost Gift from a Poetess':\
On her mother's side Mrs Dedman comes from a family, the Hewetts, who have been in Redhill since 1730. Her grandfather Henry Hewett was owner of a smithy in Hooley Lane, Redhill, and did wrought iron work for the artist Linnels and other residents in the large houses in that part of Redhill. "He was a great book-lover" his granddaughter told me, and when he wasn't working on a job you would be likely to find him sitting with one of Charles Dickens's novels on his knee. He was a relative of the Trowers of Wiggie, and a friend of the family was Eliza Cook, the poet, who stayed with them. I used to have a book inscribed 'From your loving friend Eliza Cook' or something to that effect, but I can't find it now. It may have been thrown out when we moved house - I know I did get rid of some books then".\ Mrs Dedman also admitted (to my sorrow) that a great many photographs of Redhill as it used to be had shared the same fate, but she was able to show me a picture of Mill Street (what is now upper Hooley Lane) dated 1830. In the foreground is the original Marquis of Granby public house and at the top\line of bare hills behind is a large (here the cutting ends)
Eliza Cook, poetess is referred to in Chapter 1 of A history of Redhill and if Mrs Dedman lost a book from her that is a great tragedy. The picture referred to can be seen on this website on the 'Pubs of Redhill page under 'Marquis of Granby'
Picture courtesy David Massie
See the 'Pubs of Redhill' page under Marquis of Granby' for another view of this building in a painting depicting the scene at the top end of Hooley Lane, Redhill