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    Mr Price is an extremely strong blacksmith - shown at work and displaying his muscles.

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    M/S of a man in shirt sleeves standing proudly behind a table of trophies and awards. He folds his arms, he is very muscular indeed!

    "No spreading chestnut tree overhangs his smithy." M/S of the blacksmith at work. He is seen inside his smithy. A young woman arrives on horseback. The blacksmith goes outside to inspect the horse. He lifts up one of the horse's feet and inspects its hoof. The horse is led into the smithy. "Mr Price is a master of his craft. (Did you know that horse-shoeing was introduced here by William the Conqueror?)" M/S of Mr J.C. Price at work. He heats metal then he and his assistant shape it on an anvil. C/U of the nail holes being made in the horseshoe. "How many of you have actually seen a shoe being made before?" M/S of the shoe being pounded.

    M/S of Mr Price holding the horseshoe up for inspection. "Mr Price can turn his hammer blows to other useful purposes." C/U of Mr Price pounding a piece of metal until it is hot enough to light his cigarette with it! "The muscles of his brawny arms stand out like iron bands...especially when he is holding two links against the combined pulls of eight men." M/S of Mr Price standing between two men who hold ropes attached to two metal links. Mr Price holds them together whilst the other two try and pull them apart - strongman stuff. L/S showing the combined strength of about eight men trying to pull the links apart. It is like a tug of war with Mr Price in the middle.

    Was an item in Pathe Pictorial 546.

    Note: flash-frame intertitles. Very nicely shot footage.

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    01:03:45:00 / 01:06:16:00
    EP 307

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  1. Unknown user says

    Mr Price worked in a village somewhere in Gloucestershire - a newspaper report I've seen from 1927 located him as being in "Bearland", Gloucestershire, but I can find no current village of that name.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Bearland is the extension of Longsmith Street in Gloucester which is situated on the right hand side of Southgate St. going away from the cross. The smithy would be on the north-east side of the road just past the old fire station which is still on the corner of Barbican Road & Longsmith Street, . You can see the two garage doors when the horse is led into the smithy. The fire station doors and building are still there but it is now a solicitors. If I am correct the area where the smithy was is now the city courts. I used to know Joe Price who was also a strong man and was allegedly able to lift a carthorse on his shoulders. Joe worked at ICI at Brockworth in its early days, probably 60's and 70's, and was in charge of the "heavy gang". This person may of course be the original Joe Price, or his son as he was also a blacksmith. I hope this helps.

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