Took Robin to be shod this morning. Charlie Brooks told me that Smith at the “Prince of Wales” Yard had refused to shoe any more heavy horses, as he had taken on a contract for making hand tools. Unfortunately he cannot be dealt with under any existing order. This means that only Brooks and Bruce are doing heavy shoeing. It is simply astounding that in these days, when horses must increase for the next few years, smith after smith wants to close down. Four shops in or near
Colchester have shut since the beginning of the war, or else men have left their masters to go to other work.