The smithy at Crosthwaite was for many years associated with the Stewardson family. George Stewardson and his son, also George, were in partnership at the smithy from about 1880. The father who had previously worked at a smithy in Underbarrow for over twenty years died in 1916. The son retired in 1927 and gave up the business. In those days a good deal of the work was the shoeing of horses, making farm implements of various sorts, and the hooping of farm carts.