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Wayland the Smith
Ashbury, Berkshire

By an ancient trackway near Ashbury, in Berkshire, stands a very ancient cromlech called Wayland Smith's Cave. It is said that the smith had learned the secrets of his trade from those past masters in metal-working, the Mountain Dwarfs of Iceland. A passing traveller, distressed through his horse casting a shoe, had only to tether the beast near the cave, place a groat on the anvil, and withdraw from sight. Returning presently, he would find his steed rested and neatly shod, and the warm anvil bare. Read the Full Story.


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