Established in 1850, HJ Knight & Son, has seen substantial change over the years. Originally providing Farrier and Blacksmiths services to local customers, from the base in East Ashling, post War saw the growing need for experienced iron workers to repair an array of items. With this evolved mechanical repairs to local Agricultural Equipment. Now with the 4th, 5th and 6th generation of Knights at the helm, the business Buys and Sells Tractors and Machinery, Nationally and Internationally, Repairs all machines onsite and in house, fabrication and offer a wide range of parts at its Sussex based workshop in Woodmancote.
At the heart of HJ Knight & Son is the Forge, one of very few working in the UK, which is in the process or being fired up ready for Peter Fenton a teacher at Chichester College, and the Knights to train Blacksmiths and produce metal works for sale and to order. Nick is a man of few words but says ‘it’s always been my dream to see the Forge fully working again, to walk around the corner and smell the soot in the air and hear the ear tingling bang from the metal being worked. Training the people of today, we hope to preserve our dying heritage.’