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Smithy Cottage is the current home of Rhona Goskirk and her son Leo, and is attached to the Vet's Surgery.

HistoryEdit

Smithy Cottage was built in the 1700s by the benevolent Verney family. It was the village smithy for many years and in the 1920s was used as the village washhouse.

In 1972, the village blacksmith Frank Blakey rented the cottage and the adjoining building which he turned into the Beckindale Forge. The following year, Frank married Janie Harker who moved into the cottage with him. However, Frank and Janie left the village in January 1974 after Frank was offered a job teaching in Essex.

Traveller Dryden Hogben squatted in the forge for a few months in the spring of 1974 and even got questioned by the local policeman for doing so. After Dry left Beckindale that summer the Smithy remained empty for the next 21 years.

In April 1995 the cottage was bought by Zoe Tate who moved in with her girlfriend Emma Nightingale. She also refurbished the old Forge, opening a veterinary surgery on the premises. Other girlfriends of Zoe, including Susie Wilde and Sophie Wright would also briefly live there.

In 1997, Paddy Kirk became a partner in the vet practice moved into a spare room in Smithy Cottage. Kelly Windsor also stayed there for a while in 1998 when she was a receptionist at the practice. After Zoe moved into Home Farm, Paddy and his partner Mandy Dingle rented the place. When the pair split in 2001 Paddy lived there on his own until the arrival of his cousin Jason who lived there briefly the following year.

Paddy's new wife Emily Kirk moved in in 2002 along with their current foster child Debbie Jones but she moved out after finding her birth parents in the village. Paddy's best friend Marlon Dingle also started lodging in the house. In April 2005, Emily threw Paddy out after discovering he'd been having an affair with Viv Windsor, ending their marriage. She stayed in the house for a while before moving in with the Dingles and letting Paddy move back in. Toni Daggert rented a room in the cottage between 2006 and 2007. When Marlon married Donna Windsor in February 2006 she briefly moved in until the pair left, moving into the Woolpack in September

In August 2009, Chas Dingle and her son Aaron moved in with Paddy. Chas soon moved out but Aaron, who saw Paddy as a father figure lived with him until 2011

In 2010, Paddy developed a relationship with new vet Rhona Goskirk who was currently pregnant with Marlon's baby. Rhona moved into the cottage with Paddy and in May 2011 she gave birth to Leo Goskirk. Rhona's friend Vanessa Woodfield stayed with them between December 2012 and August 2013 and receptionist Pearl Ladderbanks lived with them for a year when she was forced to sell her own house due to gambling debt in March 2015

In 2016, Paddy gave Smithy Cottage to Rhona in exchange for her share in the vet's surgery in their divorce. In the coming years, several of Rhona's new boyfriends would live briefly at the cottage, including Pierce Harris who lived with her until she raped her on their wedding night in April 2017, Pete Barton between 2018 and 2019 and lastly Graham Foster who lived there till his death in January 2020

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