Farming

Farm Work, Agriculture

Eleanor Yorke, Full Transcript Part 1

W.R. Mitchell (WRM) interviewed Eleanor Yorke (EY) (née Assheton) in 1982. Using various Yorke family journals and letters, Eleanor Yorke explains the history of the Yorke family and how it came to Yorkshire. She describes the family property and the family interests including boundaries, lead mining and Catholicism.

Eleanor Yorke, Audio Clip

W.R. Mitchell (WRM) and Eleanor Yorke (EY) discuss the history of the Yorke family, from Sir Richard Yorke who was a wealthy York Merchant and Lord Mayor of the city of York in the late 1400s. Eleanor Yorke discusses the properties that the family held in Nidderdale from the sixteenth century and the story of Sir John Yorke of Gowthwaite, a catholic, who was fined by the Star Chamber in 1611 for allowing a pro-Catholic play to be performed in his home in 1609 over the Christmas period.

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 (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.

Norman Swindlehurst, Full Transcript Part 1

Norman Swindlehurst (NS) of Keasden was interviewed by W.R. Mitchell (WRM) many times. In this interview he mentions many local personalities and their employments, including detailed descriptions of farming, weddings, cooking, sheep salving and social events.

Marie Hartley, Audio Clip

Marie Hartley (MH) talks to Bill Mitchell (WRM) about the use of ‘back-cans’ used for milking cows out-doors. 

Kit Calvert, Full Transcript Part 1

Kit Calvert (KC) was interviewed by W.R. Mitchell (WRM) many times. In this particular interview Kit Calvert describes memories of his childhood in Hawes. He tells tales of unemployment and hardship in the Dales, particularly during the Depression.

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.

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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