the middle of the nineteenth century a skilled shovel
- worker named John Brown left his job at Nash's in
and went to work for Joseph Sidaway & Sons in
were at that time world famous for their 'Victor'
patent spade which had a Swedish-steel cutting edge.
At that time it is believed that Sidaway's operated
one of the oldest Forges in the Black
had eight children - four sons and four daughters.
His sons, John, Jim, Ben and Tom also worked at Sidaway's.
( Younger ) & Rose Brown (circa 1930)