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Eleanor Yorke, Full Transcript Part 2

W.R. Mitchell (WRM) and Eleanor Yorke (EY) continue to discuss the history of the Yorke family. Eleanor Yorke lists the characteristics of Yorke men. The sporting tradition in the family, sports such as grouse-shooting, fishing and hare hunting, are outlined. Major John Edward Evelyn Yorke (JY) comes into the interview at about 9 minutes, focusing on grouse shooting and continuing to discuss the estate.

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

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.

Norman Swindlehurst

Norman Swindlehurst lived and farmed at Brackengarth Farm in Keasden, in the Ribble Valley. His father James Swindlehurst, who suffered from rheumatic fever, had moved from Barrow-in-Furness to the healthier countryside of Keasden in 1896. The family kept a few calves and reared sheep on the moors on the 40-acre farm at Brackengarth from 1896 until they moved to bigger farms in 1932.

Marie Hartley, Audio Clip

Marie Hartley

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

John Geldard, Full Transcript

 John Geldard talks about his life in Malham and particularly dry stone walling.

Annie Mason, Full Transcript Part 1

Anne Margaret Mason (AM) describes life on an Upper Wensleydale farm in the first half of the 20th century, describing in particular haymaking, outdoor milking, sheep management, lambing time, servants, washday, cheese-making and baking.

John Geldard, Audio Clip

John Geldard, discussing dry stone walling

W.R. Mitchell and  John Geldard of Malham discuss the ancient art of dry stone walling.

In this segment John Geldard (JG) describes to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) the different qualities of gritstone and limestone and how to ensure a stone wall has a good foundation.

Annie Mason, Audio Clip

Annie Mason talks about meal times at haymaking

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

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