Transcripts

Alice Maunders, Full Transcript

Alice Maunders (AM) was interviewed by W.R. Mitchell (WRM) many times. In her interview in 1988, Alice discusses a number of photos of the Proctor family taken in the early 20th century. She then describes starting work as an Inbetween Maid at the McEvoys' house in Stackhouse and explains working conditions in large houses between the Wars. Alice also describes her husband John Maunders's role as an apprentice hairdresser and her own role as a hairdresser.

Annie Mason, Full Transcript Part 1

Anne Margaret Mason (AM) describes life on an Upper Wensleydale farm in the first half of the 20th century, describing in particular haymaking, outdoor milking, sheep management, lambing time, servants, washday, cheese-making and baking.

Annie Mason, Full Transcript Part 2

Anne Margaret Mason (AM) describes to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) life on an Upper Wensleydale farm in the first half of the 20th century, describing in particular haymaking, mowing, hay sledges, droving, cheesemaking, pig and geese keeping, and numerous references throughout the tape to the keeping and use of horses on a farm.  

Bill Alderson, Full Transcript

W.R. Mitchell and Bill Alderson of Angram, Swaledale, looking at photographs and discussing Tan Hill and Susan Peacock (the landlady), her family and funeral. Bill Alderson describes how Susan looked, dressed and spoke. Brief mentions of Harry Hopeful/Wilfred Pickle show, customers at the pub and betting on trotting horses.

Eleanor Yorke, Full Transcript Part 1

W.R. Mitchell (WRM) interviewed Eleanor Yorke (EY) (née Assheton) in 1982. Using various Yorke family journals and letters, Eleanor Yorke explains the history of the Yorke family and how it came to Yorkshire. She describes the family property and the family interests including boundaries, lead mining and Catholicism.

Eleanor Yorke, Full Transcript Part 2

W.R. Mitchell (WRM) and Eleanor Yorke (EY) continue to discuss the history of the Yorke family. Eleanor Yorke lists the characteristics of Yorke men. The sporting tradition in the family, sports such as grouse-shooting, fishing and hare hunting, are outlined. Major John Edward Evelyn Yorke (JY) comes into the interview at about 9 minutes, focusing on grouse shooting and continuing to discuss the estate.

Henry Cox, Full Transcript Part 1

The interview covers the early life of Henry Cox, his entry into half-time work in the local cotton mill at the age of eleven, and then full-time work from the age of thirteen. The cotton mill was owned by Hector Christy. Working conditions, roles and personalities in the mill from 1894 until 1918 are discussed.

Also present, Belle Cox (BC).

Henry Cox, Full Transcript Part 2

Henry Cox (HC) talks about John Delaney from Settle, “a great man in them [those] days,” a tradesman in paraffin sales.

W R Mitchell (WRM) then asks a series of questions about cotton mill life, with an overall assessment that life at the mill was not bad. The interview finishes with HC singing to his wife, Belle Cox (BC), their Diamond Wedding song.

Jim Smith, Full Transcript

Jim Smith (JS) talks to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) about sheep farming on Ingleborough, describing sheep gathering and shearing in particular.

John Geldard, Full Transcript

 John Geldard talks about his life in Malham and particularly dry stone walling.

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