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Smithy Cottage is the current home of Rhona, Mary, and Leo Goskirk, Marlon Dingle, April Windsor and Ivy Malcolms. It is attached to the Emmerdale Veterinary Surgery.


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 rented by Zoe Tate and her girlfriend Emma Nightingale after they were unable to find a property to buy. Zoe also refurbished the old Forge, opening a veterinary surgery on the premises. In March 1996, Emma's ex Susie Wilde came to stay with them after being thrown out of her girlfriend's house. Zoe eventually fell for Susie and left Emma who moved out in May. However, Susie left in October after cheating on Zoe and breaking up with her.

Zoe briefly left the Smithy in March 1997 to stay at Home Farm to support her father, Frank Tate, who was going through a crisis. However, she returned in April, having grown sick of her brother Chris and wanting to be closer to the surgery, taking her baby brother James and his nanny Sophie Wright with her while her father was in prison. Sophie and James moved back into Home Farm after Frank was released in May but Sophie ended up moving back in with Zoe again in August as the pair had become a couple. However, she left the village in November.

In 1998, Kelly Windsor also stayed there for a while when she was a receptionist at the practice and had a falling out with her parents. However, by July Zoe had grown sick of living with Kelly and asked her to move out. In September, Paddy Kirk became a partner in the vet's with Zoe and moved in to a spare room at the Smithy after being thrown out by his girlfriend, Mandy Dingle. In April 1999, Paddy moves back in with the Dingles after he and Mandy reunite and get engaged.

Zoe's nephew, Joseph stayed there briefly after Zoe's brother Chris was kidnapped in September 1999, however both of left in October after Zoe bought back Home Farm after which she gave the place to Paddy and Mandy to live rent-free for 2 months as a wedding present. Paddy's cousin, Jason Kirk also came to stay with them in December 1999. Mandy moved out after she and Paddy split in 2001 and Jason left the following year.

Paddy's new wife Emily Kirk moved in in 2002 along with their current foster child Debbie Jones but Debbie moved out after finding her birth parents in the village. In 2004 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 then 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 Livesy 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 he 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.

In January 2021, Charles and Ethan Anderson begin renting a room at the Smithy although they move out in March and start renting one of the apartments at Mill Cottage. In April, after getting back together with Rhona and experiencing some money troubles, Marlon and his daughter April Windsor move in with Rhona and Leo at Smithy Cottage. In March 2022, Rhona's mother Mary also came to stay with them.