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Mending an Iron Foot!
« on: Saturday 17 August 19 22:47 BST (UK) »
i found a curiosity in a newspaper article.
It referred  to a Church register of accounts  (1774)  and there are 2 items connected to my person of interest.

Mending Sarah Hudman's iron foot    1 shilling and 3 pence

Sarah Hudman - new leg         9 pence

      Trying to imagine  the Iron foot! Does anyone have any medical history interests?
      ( i assume a new leg would be  a wooden leg)
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Re: Mending an Iron Foot!
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 17 August 19 22:57 BST (UK) »
  My first thought was that the iron foot was the strange shaped object used in shoe repairing, but combined with the new leg, I am not sure!
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Re: Mending an Iron Foot!
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 17 August 19 22:57 BST (UK) »
I can't help.
 However, it reminds me of an uncommon entry in a burial register - the leg of N.N.  I don't know if the leg's burial happened before or after the death of the leg's owner or if the leg was the only body-part available to be buried.
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Re: Mending an Iron Foot!
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 17 August 19 22:59 BST (UK) »
  My first thought was that the iron foot was the strange shaped object used in shoe repairing, but combined with the new leg, I am not sure!
Ditto my first thought. A cobbler's last.
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Re: Mending an Iron Foot!
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 17 August 19 23:07 BST (UK) »
https://www.pinterest.nz/pin/26669822771897880/


https://www.amputee-coalition.org/history-prosthetic-leg/

I think it is  actually an iron foot - for walking.   Wood would wear out too soon.
Must have been heavy.
Side tracked to a friendís very interesting Norfolk families. MORGAN, PRATT, HORNOR, SUCKLING, GLEANE etc. And in London DOWNES, du CROZ, MORGAN (same MORGANs as the Norwich lot)

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Re: Mending an Iron Foot!
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 18 August 19 09:49 BST (UK) »
I am now getting the idea that Sarah may have had a major mishap to her artificial leg that required the wood replaced and iron foot repaired. One wonders if she was born with a birth defect or was an amputee. I was born with birth defect to both legs, not considered hereditary, but it did make me think!
Hudman, Souch, Grinyer, King, Nightingale, Sandoz, Gateley, Findley

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Re: Mending an Iron Foot!
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 18 August 19 09:51 BST (UK) »
Thanks Mckha489    for the great link!
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Re: Mending an Iron Foot!
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 18 August 19 18:26 BST (UK) »
Certainly heavy but better balance than Long John Silver.
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