About the Author
Clifford Riley is a man who knows his trade and takes great pride in it. His career as a Blacksmith in the family firm of G.S. Whiteley’s, Rastrick. Brighouse, which spans much of the 20th century, is also a story of the events and changes that affected the inhabitants of this little West Yorkshire town. After 86 years of living within two miles of the smithy, he has become a well-known and much respected local character, not the least because of his integrity, gentleness and commanding presence.
This book contains a wealth of technical information and drawings about the work of a smith, written with a clarity and precision of language which can be accessed by all. It is interspersed with amusing and witty anecdotes, introducing us to a world rapidly disappearing under the onslaught of ‘progress’.
For those who enjoy reading about social history, this book is a must. It combines Northern landscapes, Northern grit and Northern humour with the natural storyteller’s eye for detail and the craftsman’s skill. In conclusion I quote Clifford, who writes at the end of this book, “When my time comes it will be the end of an era. I only hope people will remember me as a fellow who did a good job”.