Swaledale

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

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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