Housework

Baking, Cheese, Ironing, Knitting, Laundry

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.

Annie Mason

Mrs Mason of Burtersett, born Ann Margaret Pratt, recalls how one Richard Metcalfe gained his nickname ‘Dickie Vocator’, attempting to raise a glass to Queen Victoria after an evening’s celebrations and mispronouncing Victoria as ‘Vocator’! Her grandfather, another Richard Metcalfe, managed the quarries at Burtersett. She recalls that many a town in Lancashire was paved with cobbles from Burtersett. Her detailed recollections of lambing, hay making, and domestic duties such as bannock-baking and cheese-making are captivating and bring a bygone age back to life.

Bill Alderson, Audio Clip

In this clip Bill Alderson (BA) describes to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) how Susan Peacock, the landlady at Tan Hill, was frightened of nobody, and how the loaded gun she kept behind the bar at the Inn was put to good use on one occasion.

Bill Alderson

People often used nicknames in the dale where Bill Alderson lived, so he was also known as Big Bill of Angram or ‘Bill Up t’Steps’. It was said that if you addressed a letter to ‘Bill Up t’Steps, Yorkshire, England’, the postman would be able to find him!

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