Faces of Tamworth: blacksmith William Settatree

Early settlement in Tamworth. Photo: Tamworth Historical Society.

Early settlement in Tamworth. Photo: Tamworth Historical Society.

WILLIAM SETTATREE was a blacksmith, whose building you might recognise. 

He came to be in Tamworth when he purchased an allotment in Bridge Street.

He had arrived from England ten years earlier at the age of 21 and had worked in the Warrah-Willow Tree area, according to A Chronological History of Tamworth.

It appears that he came to Tamworth to inspect the land that was on offer and then returned to Willow Tree to marry Ann Thompson and bring her back with him.

Settatree’s land was next to John Barnes’s corner allotment, fronting Bridge Street.

He first set up a blacksmith’s shop and then later, in about 1858-59, built the Woolpack Inn fronting the same street but a little further up the hill, on the site of the present KFC Family Food Restaurant.

His new hotel was a substantial building made from large blocks of limestone and greywacke.

  • Information sourced from A Chronological History of Tamworth

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