Childhood

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.

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, Audio Clip

Kit Calvert (KC) was interviewed many times by W.R. Mitchell (WRM). In this segment he describes the lack of eggs one Whitsuntide.

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).

Alice Maunders, Audio Clip

Alice Maunders (AM) was interviewed many times by W.R. Mitchell (WRM). In this segment Alice describes leaving Newcastle and her first glimpse of Settle in 1927.

Alice Maunders

Alice Maunders (née Chambers) moved down to Settle from County Durham at the age of 15 in 1927  to work as a ‘Tweeny’ or ‘Inbetween Maid’ for the McEvoy family in Stackhouses, Giggleswick.

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