Spotlight - Blacksmith Tony Pepperday

14 March 2017

Spotlight - Blacksmith Tony Pepperday

Welbeck is home to a vibrant community, from the estate company staff to our resident artisan makers and our wonderful tenants. Spotlight shines a light on our community: go behind the scenes, get to know us a bit better and discover the lives and work of some of Welbeck’s employees and tenants. Tony Pepperday has worked as Welbeck estate's Blacksmith for the last 40 years, recently receiving his long service award for dedication and commitment.


What is a typical day like for you?

Usually very busy, there is always work to be done. 


What do you like to do on your days off?

I enjoy walking, going out for meals, reading and gardening. In the summer time it's great to take trips to Derbyshire and the coast.

 Derbyshire Dales


If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Beef stew and dumplings, followed with any dessert. 


What book did you read last?

The Quarry by Iain Banks 


I’m happiest when:

I'm with my family, especially with my 11 year old grandson. 


If you could switch your job with anyone else at Welbeck, whose job would you want?

William Parente. No only kidding, no one, I love my job. 


Four words to best describe you: 






People would be surprised if they knew: 

My wife and I were invited to the Queen's Garden party at Buckingham Palace, for my 20 year service as a youthworker. 


What's your guilty pleasure?

Usually chocolate and cream buns. 



What's your favourite thing you have made at Welbeck?

I have produced a variety of things during my 40 years' service here on the estate, but here are some of my personal favourites;  

Fence panels at the side of the shrubbery bridge.

Ornamental gates.

The ornamental top of the sliding barrier at Welbeck Woodhouse. 


Would you be a tiny elephant ot a giant hamster?

A tiny elephant, hopefully for a longer life!