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Men of Swaledale: An Account of Yorkshire Farmers and Miners


About this book:

  • ISBN: 978-1-910237-45-8

  • Available mid-October 2018

  • Price £10.00 + postage

  • 100 pages
  • Illustrated with 11 black & white photographs

More books by Edmund Cooper:

Muker: The Story of a Yorkshire Parish

About this book:

THIS is the inspiring story of Dales people and their hard work to create the landscape and culture of the Swaledale we see today written from original letters, journals, manuscripts and daybooks. This book, first published in 1960, contains precious stories from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries giving a real view of the hardships of farming and mining life.
There are tales of bare fist fights between hard working, hard drinking miners – some of these boxing matches were terrifying encounters. The miners who fought were strong, hefty men and stripped to the waist they punched hard with pounding blows, once beating off Weardale miners who had come over the moor intent on stealing game and sheep.
The book describes trips to Brough Hill Fair to buy horses, and Scots cattle drovers making their way down Swaledale. There are many insights into farming life, schools, religion, music nights, Old Christmas Day love feasts and much more.

The Author:
EDMUND Cooper was born in York in 1894. It was there that his great-great grandfather had settled when he left Swaledale in the 1850s. Edmund’s own father, the York historian, T. P. Cooper, brought his family each holiday to Muker, where the Coopers had lived since the 1600s. Like his father before him, Edmund brought his new bride, who came from Paris on their honeymoon, and thereafter his family for their annual holidays. He and his wife spent the last 30 years of their lives in Muker, and latterly Arkengarthdale, near their daughter, where he died aged 95 in 1989.
As a pacifist and Quaker he served in the First World War as an ambulance driver in France. He was decorated with the Croix de Guerre for bravery. His working life was spent with the Friend’s Provident Insurance Company in London, but his great interest was always in archaeology and history, specifically that of Swaledale. He wrote a number of articles and books on the local history, including this one Men of Swaledale; A History of Swaledale; Quakers of Swaledale and Wensleydale; History of Reeth Friends School in Swaledale and Muker, the Story of a Yorkshire Parish.

New books celebrate life and times in Swaledale October 2018
The Castle Hill Bookshop in Richmond are show casing three new books about the dale, including 'Men of Swaledale' by Edmund Cooper.
The Darlington and Stockton Times, reports: 'Men of Swaledale… was first published in the 1960s and this new edition has been reissued and expanded.
'It includes tales of Yorkshire farmers and miners using original letters, journals and day-books. There are many insights into farming life, schools, religion, music nights.
'It covers the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century and gives a real feel of the hardships of farming and mining life.'


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