Wensleydale

Marie Hartley

Joan Ingilby and Marie Hartley were historians who published many books about the Yorkshire Dales.

Marie was born in the town of Morley, close to Leeds, in 1905. She went on to study at Leeds College of Art then at the Slade School in London, specialising in wood engraving. Working with author Ella Pontefract, she used her skill to interpret Dales life.

After Ella died in 1945, Joan Ingilby joined Marie in writing books about the heritage of the area. Joan was born in 1911 at North Stainley, near Ripon, North Yorkshire.

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, Audio Clip

In this clip Anne Margaret Mason (AM) tells Bill Mitchell (WRM) about meal times at haymaking.

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.

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