Giggleswick

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Henry Cox, Audio Clip

Henry Cox (HC) was interviewed many times by Bill Mitchell (WRM) about his life working in the cotton mills in Settle and Giggleswick, and working on the Settle—Carlisle Railway. 

In this clip Henry Cox describes a medical examination he had to take before starting ‘half-time’ or part-time work in High Mill in Langcliffe at the age of eleven in 1894.

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

Henry Cox was born in 1884 in Derbyshire and moved with his family to Giggleswick when he was only four years old.

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