8 September 2018 (1000 to 1600 hrs)
There has been a working Smiddy in Cousland since 1703. When the local blacksmith retired in 1989, the Cousland Smiddy Trust was set up to save the Smiddy; as one of the last still working in Scotland. In 2001 the Smiddy complex and its gardens were purchased by the Trust and are now open to the public regularly throughout the summer months and group bookings are welcome.
Funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland saw the restoration of the smith's cottage, and recent further development has enabled Cousland Local History Project to create a permanent space to display the history of the village, which can be traced back to the Early Bronze Age.
Building Date: 1703
To celebrate 100 years of 'The Rural' in the village, there will be a Cousland Scottish Women's Rural Institute (SWRI) Centenary Exhibition in the cottage and 'retro' activities to try: carpet beating, butter churning, granny's wash-day, horse shoe quoits and more!
There will also be blacksmithing demonstrations throughout the day from resident smith, Sean Cockburn, and the opportunity to purchase items made at The Smiddy, as well as home-baking and local produce.
Please note that some assistance may be required with disabled access.