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Kit Calvert died in aged In , the Milk Marketing Board formed a new processing division called Dairy Crest, and it took over running the factory in Hawes.

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Ian Millward joined as manager in and under his leadership the factory continued to produced prize-winning cheese. In May they closed the factory in Hawes with the loss of 59 jobs. Six months later, a management buy-out succeeded in re-opening the business and in the years since, the Wensleydale Creamery has gone from strength-to-strength, achieving European Protected Geographical Indication PGI status for their world-famous Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese in A fact that Kit Calvert would have been particularly proud of.

We aim to distribute them to some of the local visitor businesses that we have been working with — they can hand them out to their customers and help get the project more widely known.


A major part of the interpretation that we hope to offer as part of the Dairy Days project will be a set of seven walk booklets introducing visitors to the hidden heritage of dairying around Wensleydale. The route has been selected by our ranger Nigel Metcalfe who knows the area well and consists of a main loop from Askrigg up to Skell Gill and back via Mill Gill, with an extra shorter loop around Askrigg Bottoms to take in some of the history of dairying at Lowlands Farm that we learned about last week.

As we followed the trail along the line of the old railway we passed the site of Fors Abbey where a small number of Savigniac monks founded their short-lived abbey in Their landownership we discovered had far-reaching consequences long after they had been absorbed by the Cistercian order and relocated to Jervaulx. Evidence for this comes from an early seventeenth century survey of the Manor of Wensleydale or Dale Grange which was essentially the monastic estate.

We pass Yorescott farm from which we have a set of detailed mid-nineteenth century farm account books belonging to dairy farmer James Willis as well as a collection of photographs from the Hopper family who farmed there a hundred years later. Field names form a fascinating part of the research, and land ownership and tenancies add another dimension to the research for the walk.

By the nineteenth century, the name of the little group of houses had been shortened to Grange, it lies near the turning off the Askrigg to Hawes road down to Bainbridge. She owned a cluster of meadows and a cow barn way up Skelgill Lane, another barn near Helm and a large meadow called Great Close to the west of Grange alongside the Askrigg road. From the census record we found that she was aged 50 and farmed all of this with just the help of one servant called John Ash.

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The hamlet of Skell Gill where Anna had some of her meadows takes us back further in time even than the monks of Fors, our archaeology survey work has mapped what may be an early medieval farmstead, and the name Skell comes from the Old Norse skali meaning a shieling or summer pasturing site. The route then returns to Askrigg past a little outpost of the Manor of Wensleydale in High Abbotside township, a cluster of meadows called Storra Flatts.

Farmer John Amsden was one of the many people that we met at our project launch event early last year.

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Sally Stone went along to interview him late last year at his home in Carperby and they had a wide ranging discussion about dairying on a large estate and the state of dairy farming in general. John Amsden in his milking parlour, Carperby. Courtesy of Emma Amsden. We had a delightful day yesterday, dodging hail showers while visiting Heather Hodgson at Lowlands Farm.

Working with local businesses to help us share our Dairy Days stories is a key part of the next phase of the project, now that the research and recording side of things is gradually coming to a close.

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Yesterday we went out to meet three more visitor businesses keen to find out what we can offer. The first was the Corn Mill Tearoom in Bainbridge. We already know how delicious their food is and how they use local dairy products as much as possible, as they have catered for some of our volunteer training days. Courtesy of Corn Mill Tearoom.

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He has farmed at Lowlands in Askrigg all his life so we were also keen to record his memories for the project. David Hodgson with his milk cooler. We love the glass one, which people can reuse over and over again.

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It turned out that he had a very interesting story to tell about his involvement with the dairy industry in Wensleydale through pig farming. He was interviewed by Maggie Townsend at his farm in Garsdale late last year. Neil Haworth. Courtesy of Neil Haworth. He started by describing how, having left the Army, where he had served in Cyprus in the s, he set himself up breeding pigs while working part-time on a nearby farm at Churchtown, near Garstang in Lancashire. Fate took a hand when a well-known Lancashire pig farmer, Bill Richardson, approached him with a life-changing offer.

Bill sold pigs from his farm in Fylde, near Blackpool, to the Walls meat company in Manchester and he used to deal with the manager there called Harry Whittle. Bill arranged to meet Neil to discuss his proposition:. She writes:.

Staff at Coverham Dairy c Courtesy of Valerie Slater. Here at the National Park office in Grassington we are still lucky enough to get our milk delivered in eco-friendly recyclable glass bottles. The milk is semi-skimmed and homogenised though, so no cream on the top like in the old days.

The lucky folk of Wensleydale will soon have the option of milk with the cream on top from The Home Farmer who has just tweeted a photo of their lovely new milk bottle design. He sent us the following article about her which we reproduce here in full with grateful thanks:. Sally Dobbing playing with calves Joanne and Roundy. Nell Bank Farm, Walden late s. Courtesy of Sally Stone. There was a record turnout of around 44 people to hear Karen Griffiths talk about the progress of the Dairy Days project yesterday afternoon at Middleham Key Centre. Several new contacts came forward after the talk including a man whose family ran Coverham Dairy and a woman whose grandfather was a cheese factor in the dale.

We look forward to finding out more about their stories. Karen Griffiths answering questions after her talk.

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Richard has farmed in Hardraw all his life and is well known locally for his regular sheepdog demonstrations. Richard Fawcett with his sheepdogs. Courtesy of Richard Fawcett. We were delighted to add depth to this story with a wonderful recording by Marjorie Iveson of the memories of year old Margaret Watson who joined the Land Army from her home in Leeds, aged just seventeen in Margaret Watson.

Courtesy of Marjorie Iveson. Of all the stories that came out of our Dairy Days project launch event last year — one of the most interesting was from local woman Mary Dinsdale who told us that her husband, Wilson Dinsdale, had a milk vending machine in Hawes in the early s. The machine had already been installed between the chip shop and the car park on the High Street and Wilson bought it as a going concern.

We were delighted to hear that Wensleydale will be getting its very own milk vending machine once again. The Home Farmer logo. John Simpson has farmed man and boy at Gildersbeck Farm, near Agglethorpe for over 50 years. Marjorie Iveson recorded his memories of how the farm has changed over those years for the Dairy Days project last September.

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John Simpson as a young man at Gildersbeck Farm. Courtesy of John Simpson John Simpson. Ian wears another hat however in that he was born in the dale to a family of farm workers. Ernest and his wife Annie also kept two cows in the common pasture at Castle Bolton the Ellerlands. The photo below shows Annie off to milk them some time in the s. Annie Spensley off to milk her cows, Castle Bolton. Courtesy of Ian Spensley. Albert Spensley feeding a cade [pet] lamb by Fred Lawson. Ian grew up around the farm and those of his friends in the village, the Horns and the Bostocks.

Ian Spensley as a nipper, early s. The photo shows Fred Peacock, a member of another Castle Bolton farming family. Mr Peacock hand milking, Castle Bolton. Mid-twentieth century. Collection of Ann Holubecki. The milk churns or cans, full of milk, were collected by lorry and probably taken to the Express Dairy in Leyburn. Jimmy the donkey with Terry Dodd, Castle Bolton. Courtesy of Frank Knowles. Terry Dodd who features in this well-known photograph of Jimmy, has recently written to Ian about it:.

I know Frank [Knowles] because he lodged with us for a time in Maythorne.

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Early milking set up with water cooler and milk cans underneath. Unknown Wensleydale farm. As Ian says, the farm labourers had free milk as a work bonus, which they carried home in little tin cans made locally. Frank Shields making a back can. Dales Countryside Museum collection. Backcans and wooden frame for a donkey. Dales Countryside Museum. Every farm in the area had cows apparently, many were grazed on communal pastures which still survived in Castle Bolton from feudal days when much of the land was farmed communally on behalf of the local lord of the manor. Some farmers were lucky enough to have them nearby, others not so lucky:.

Even from a young age, Ian and the other village boys were roped in to help at haytime, gathering enough fodder to feed the cows housed in their barns over the winter. Horse-drawn hay sweep in Swaledale c Courtesy of Dales Countryside Museum. Part of our aim for the Dairy Days project is to make sure that we collect dairying stories from the length and breadth of Wensleydale and also into the tributary dales like Bishopdale, Coverdale and Walden.

Detail of Dairy Days location map. This map will also be really useful when we come to plan the content of our upcoming walk leaflets. We particularly love the quotes from Wensleydale dialect poet John Thwaite which he has unearthed as proof of how central to local lives the dairy cow was last century. It turned out that he once managed the Creamery in Hawes and he brought along a wonderful collection of objects and photographs from his days there.