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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.

Sam Dyson, Audio Clip

Sam Dyson

Sam Dyson (SD) was interviewed many times by W.R. Mitchell (WRM). In this segment Sam tells Bill, with the help of his wife Peggy (PD) in the background, the story of how he bought his first farm, Buckley Farm, Stanbury, near Haworth.

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.

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.

John Keavey, Audio Clip

John Keavey talks about cycling

John Keavey (JK) talks to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) about his first bike ride with the Cyclists’ Touring Club.

John Geldard, Full Transcript

 John Geldard talks about his life in Malham and particularly dry stone walling.

John Geldard, Audio Clip

John Geldard, discussing dry stone walling

W.R. Mitchell and  John Geldard of Malham discuss the ancient art of dry stone walling.

In this segment John Geldard (JG) describes to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) the different qualities of gritstone and limestone and how to ensure a stone wall has a good foundation.

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 describes a medical examination

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).

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