Anvil Stones: Memorial to Bities and Tackies
Type Other , Readymade
A formation of about 70 stones mounted on a concrete mound. Many of the stones have square holes of varying sizes and depths, which held the base of metal working stakes (cast iron blocks which function like small anvils).
Bitties and tackies were the bit-makers and tack-makers whose trades started to flourish in Bloxwich from the late eighteenth century. By the early nineteenth century metalwork had become more important to the area than agriculture. White's Directory of Staffordshire in 1834 records 80 Bloxwich firms in involved in bit-making at that time. By the early twentieth century the motor car had started to take over and the metal trades related to vehicle making became more important to the area.
Wooden inscription board in front of stones: Anvil stones. These glacial stones were/ positioned in the early 1900's as a monument/ to the bitties and tackies of Bloxwich, who/ constructed needles and awl blades for use in the /leather industry.
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