Tan Hill Inn

Lawrence Rukin, Full Transcript

Aspects of life around the village of Keld as told by Laurie Rukin from Park Lodge Farm, describing, in particular, Keld (Dales) Singers; his father’s post round; Susan Peacock, the Tan Hill Inn and his own family history. There are brief mentions of work at the pit and entertainment in the Dale.

Lawrence Rukin

Laurie Rukin farmed all his life at Park Lodge Farm in Keld, where his grandfather and father had also been farmers. Laurie’s son later went on to farm there, making it four generations - since 1901 - of Rukins at Park Lodge. 

Laurie’s grandfather, James Rukin, whose nickname was Bob-Jim, had started work as a miner at Tan Hill Pit when he was nine years old. He earned a shilling a week and in wintertime Laurie said it was dark when he left home in the morning and dark when he got back. The only time his grandfather saw daylight at that time of year was on a Sunday.

Bill Alderson, Full Transcript

W.R. Mitchell and Bill Alderson of Angram, Swaledale, looking at photographs and discussing Tan Hill and Susan Peacock (the landlady), her family and funeral. Bill Alderson describes how Susan looked, dressed and spoke. Brief mentions of Harry Hopeful/Wilfred Pickle show, customers at the pub and betting on trotting horses.

Bill Alderson, Audio Clip

Bill Alderson talking about Susan Peacock

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.

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