Transcripts

John Keavey, Full Transcript

John Keavey (JK) talks to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) about the popularity of cycling clubs, when Sunday club runs introduced many mill workers to the countryside. He also discusses the revolutionary impact of the trams and railways which increased the mobility of the ordinary working classes from the late nineteenth into the twentieth century.

Kit Calvert, Full Transcript Part 1

Kit Calvert (KC) was interviewed by W.R. Mitchell (WRM) many times. In this particular interview Kit Calvert describes memories of his childhood in Hawes. He tells tales of unemployment and hardship in the Dales, particularly during the Depression.

Kit Calvert, Full Transcript Part 2

Kit Calvert talks about the Depression and the difficulties farmers faced. He explains how the creation of the Milk Marketing Board in 1933 coincided with the Hawes creditor farmers taking over the town creamery. The nature of dales folk is discussed, their ‘strength in adversity’, and whether this is attributable to a Norse heritage, the influence of Chapel, or simply the weather, the isolation and the poverty of rural Dales hamlets

Lawrence Rukin, Full Transcript

Aspects of life around the village of Keld as told by Laurie Rukin from Park Lodge Farm, describing, in particular, Keld (Dales) Singers; his father’s post round; Susan Peacock, the Tan Hill Inn and his own family history. There are brief mentions of work at the pit and entertainment in the Dale.

Marie Hartley, Full Transcript

In this interview with W.R. Mitchell (WRM), Marie Hartley (MH) and Joan Ingilby (JI) reminisce about life in the Dales from the 1920s onwards. Marie Hartley describes the use of backcans to milk cows outdoors.

Marie Hartley became interested in the Yorkshire Dales when she went on walking holidays in the 1920s with Ella Pontefract. Later they would visit with their caravan, taking a week or two to travel across the Dales. During these trips they would collect items which can now be seen in the Dales Countryside Museum.

Norman Swindlehurst, Full Transcript Part 1

Norman Swindlehurst (NS) of Keasden was interviewed by W.R. Mitchell (WRM) many times. In this interview he mentions many local personalities and their employments, including detailed descriptions of farming, weddings, cooking, sheep salving and social events.

Norman Swindlehurst, Full Transcript Part 2

Norman Swindlehurst (NS) was interviewed many times by W.R. Mitchell (WRM). In this section of the interview Norman describes farming sheep in Keasden in the early part of the 20th century. He mentions the winter of 1917 when sheep were buried in snow for weeks. Norman's sister Marion reared twelve lambs by bottle. Some of the starving lambs were placed in the steaming horse midden to warmed up, and others were given a drop of brandy.

Philip Dawson, Full Transcript

In this interview Philip Dawson (PD) describes his childhood in Burnsall to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) and his family property history, as well as that of other old families in the area.

Sam Dyson, Full Transcript

In his interview with W.R. Mitchell, Mr. Dyson recalls buying his first smallholding, Buckley Farm, Stanbury, in 1939. With the help of his wife Mrs. Peggy Dyson (PD) and a friend and neighbour Adrian Bancroft (AB), he recounts living and working on that smallholding and the other farms he has bought and worked in the Stanbury area, including Ponden Hall Farm. With a background in farming for over 50 years they relate many interesting stories, and often with humour. The interview is noteworthy for its poetic regional dialect, comical turn of phrase, its gusto and articulacy.

Thomas Dugdale, Full Transcript Part 1

Thomas Dugdale (TD) was interviewed by W.R. Mitchell (WRM) many times. In this particular interview Thomas Dugdale talks about life in Settle and Giggleswick between the First World War and the Second World War. He talks about his grandfather, Javez Dugdale, who was an auctioneer and Methodist minister and his father, William Edward Dugdale, an engineer, who continued the auctioneering business.

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