Hawes

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.

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

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.

Kit Calvert

Kit Calvert, saviour of Wensleydale Cheese in the 1930s, was recorded in 1979 telling the tale of his life, in his own words, as a young man before the First World War. The eldest son of a quarryman in Burtersett, Kit recalls his parents trying to raise a family of three on 18 shillings a week (90p). They survived by keeping their own geese and hens, although many of the eggs were sold to eke out their weekly income. Kit recollects asking his mother if he could eat a whole egg, rather than one half, to be told “Half an egg was good enough for David Lloyd George!”

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.  

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.

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