Servicing horses to servicing cars

Judith Ellis

1903 T E Hayden at the door to the forge | Ted Horwood
1903 T E Hayden at the door to the forge
Ted Horwood
Blacksmiths House, entrance to Cutts, Hayden
Blacksmiths House, entrance to Cutts, Hayden
Tom Hayden, blacksmith, with son Tommy
Tom Hayden, blacksmith, with son Tommy

The news that F W Cutts Garage is to close after 100 years of service in the town has prompted a look at the previous use of the premises. It was a blacksmith’s forge for well over 100 years, and busy farrier’s shop too. The premises were part of the Gainsborough estate, sold in the early 1920’s and then bought by F W Cutts who set up the first garage in town.

The previous tenants were the Hayden family who came to Campden from Winchcombe and became an integral part of the town. Ernest (Ernie), born in 1905, spent his working life working as a car mechanic at Cutts; Percy became manager of Morrey’s Stores; and Harold was well known for his cricketing prowess.

See below for the full story of Blacksmith to Garage.

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  • The information about Percy Hayden is incorrect. My grandfather Louis Charles Hayden was the Manager of Morreys Stores and Percy worked for Smiths the butchers & married Mary Smith, Lewes Smiths sister.

    By Jonathan Charles (05/04/2023)
  • Thank you for your correction. If you have any family history to offer we would be delighted to know.

    By Judith Ellis (17/04/2023)

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