Swaledale Sheep

Sheep, Rough, Cheviots, Agriculture, Dalesbred Cross, Herdwick, Lambs, Lonks,

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.

Norman Swindlehurst, Full Transcript Part 2

Norman Swindlehurst (NS) was interviewed many times by W.R. Mitchell (WRM). In this section of the interview Norman describes farming sheep in Keasden in the early part of the 20th century. He mentions the winter of 1917 when sheep were buried in snow for weeks. Norman's sister Marion reared twelve lambs by bottle. Some of the starving lambs were placed in the steaming horse midden to warmed up, and others were given a drop of brandy.

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

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. 

John Geldard

John Geldard farmed for many years at the head of Malhamdale. He was born at Green Close Farm in 1919 in an area between Clapham and Bentham, near Ingleborough. When John was six weeks old the Geldard family—Thomas Henry, his wife Ellen and three children—moved to Malhamdale. Baby John was carried in a clothes basket softened by a blanket and grew up at Prior Hall Farm in Malham, near Malham Cove.

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