The Poppies

It all starts with the poppy heads being hot-forged. The colour of the flower is inside the steel


Lee Goulding of the Cranleigh Forge starting to weld. The steel rods were kindly donated by steel fabricators AJ Fabrications of Cranleigh. The welding of 415 heads to bases and finishing them takes weeks of repetitive work.

A blacksmith's garden - the first of the poppies being planted to see what they would look like.


...and finally they find their true resting place in the garden.



Lee Golding welding sculpted barbed wire and angle iron to the start of the sculpture.

Sculpture designer Gwyn Bullen taking stock.

. . . and finally the complete sculpture with 415 poppies for each life cut short in our villages over the the last 100 years of conflict.

"And in the going down of the sun . . ."