In the 1890’s Queen
paid a visit to Victoria . Driving up Bristol Park Street, one of her carriage horses cast a
shoe, which cab cause irreparable damage to the horse’s foot. The situation was
saved by Herbert William Smith, a young farrier, perhaps still an apprentice,
who, travelling between jobs, was watching the scene. He had the tools of his
trade with him and volunteered to shoe the Queen’s carriage horse. This he
quickly did and was rewarded with half-a-crown, a tidy sum in those days. Mr.
Smith, who was born in 1878, cherished the coin for the rest of his long life.