Spring is almost here. Snowdrops and primroses have been showing us their beauty for a few weeks now, reminding us that the long dreary days of winter are almost over.

We are very privileged to be able to observe the wild hare and its behaviour from the forge. There is something quite magical about these beautiful, shy and docile animals as they spar and chase one another to attain dominance over breeding. The collective name for a group of hares is a ‘Drove’ and a hare that is less than a year old is called a ‘Leveret’. The hare does not give birth to their young underground in a burrow as rabbits do, but in a shallow depression or flattened nest of grass called a ‘Form’. The hare has long been linked with Pagen, Sacred and Mystic associations. In the fantasy tale Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll the March Hare sat down at the Mad Tea Party with Alice the Dormouse and the Hatter who sports a large top hat.

If you want to hang your hat up this spring why not have a look at The Orford Wrought Iron Hat and Coat rail which has been beautifully crafted by Graham to last a lifetime. 

Mat hatters tea party
Spring Snowdrops near grove cottage forge
Image: Spring snowdrops near Grove Cottage Forge
The Orford Coat and Hat Rack
Image: The Orford Coat rack looking comfortable in a customers home.
Why not explore our entire range of wrought iron coat rails and hooks?

Would you like a custom design for your home? Please email Graham and Vera at

Grove Cottage Forge 44 Thong Hall Road Wickham Market, Woodbridge IP13 0NG

Phone: 01728 746848   |   Mobile: 07860 759046


Business hours: 8am - 8pm  |  7 Days a week

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