Winter of 1946/47

Snow, Weather & Climate, Cold, Seasons, Sheep, Gypsies,

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.

Marie Hartley, Full Transcript

In this interview with W.R. Mitchell (WRM), Marie Hartley (MH) and Joan Ingilby (JI) reminisce about life in the Dales from the 1920s onwards. Marie Hartley describes the use of backcans to milk cows outdoors.

Marie Hartley became interested in the Yorkshire Dales when she went on walking holidays in the 1920s with Ella Pontefract. Later they would visit with their caravan, taking a week or two to travel across the Dales. During these trips they would collect items which can now be seen in the Dales Countryside Museum.

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, Audio Clip

Jim Smith

Jim Smith (JS) talks to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) about the winter of 1947 when many sheep were lost due to the extreme weather conditions.

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