Winter

Sam Dyson

Sam Dyson was born in 1913 and married his wife, Peggy Barker, in 1939. He farmed at Buckley Farm, Stanbury, near Top Withens, a farm made famous by Emily Bronte's classic novel ’Wuthering Heights’. Sam and his wife farmed shorthorn cattle. had an egg round and gradually built up their business and land from 4 acres to over 50 acres. They also catered for visitors who walked the Bronte way. You can see an image of a shorthorn to the right. 

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.

Jim Smith, Audio Clip

Jim Smith (JS) talks to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) about the winter of 1947 when many sheep were lost due to the extreme weather conditions.

Jim Smith

Jim Smith was the son of Joseph Waller Smith and grandson of J.W. Smith. He moved to Whinney Mire Farm, near Newby and Ingleton in Ribblesdale, on the slopes of Ingleborough hill, when he was just a small baby.

In his interview with W.R. Mitchell, Jim Smith describes the difficulties of farming Dalesbred and Swaledale sheep on the slopes of Ingleborough, and different ways of gathering the sheep for shearing and clipping, from heathing to shedding and penning. He also describes the impact of over-stocking on the heather on the moors and the decline of grouse shooting. 

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