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Ploughing with Shire Horses

The Archive believed this to be possibly in the Esk Valley, but welcomed further details. Did you know the ploughman? William Castle has told us: ”In Gordon Clitheroe’s book ‘Ryedale’ he has this picture as Edgar Dowson ploughing near Hutton-le -Hole, probably just before the II World War. The Beck Isle Museum in Pickering (where Mr Clitheroe is Curator) also has this picture, possibly the original. Colin Grice has a further update: ”It is very likely just east of the road between Hutton-le-Hole and Keldholme – looking towards Kirkbymoorside (hidden). The Dowsons lived at Halfway House just up the road.”

Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson and Keith Bowers, thanks also to William Castle and Colin Grice for the updates.

Hay Time

Hay time at Deepdale farm, North Terrace; in 1950’s.
Sitting on the trailer (left to right): John Dale,  William Bede Nicholson, Richard Jackson (senior),  Frank Dale. Chris Condell advised: “The full name for Mr Nicholson is William Bede Nicholson; my mother Joan Condell’s grandad.

Image courtesy of Eileen Found, and many thanks to Chris Condell for the update.

More Land Army Girls

Another of Rita Boal’s photographs; the message on the rear of the picture was: “Betty right, Alice centre and me on the left, love Rita”.

Image and details courtesy of Eric Johnson.

Dad This Is Me On The Right

This is what was written on the back of this photograph loaned to us by Eric Johnson, so Rita Boal is on the right. Did you know Rita was she part of your family? Linda Margaret Cocks advises: “Rita was my auntie; my mother’s sister.”
Image courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to Linda Margaret Cocks for the update.

A Very Happy Farmer

Despite the hard physical work of the women’s land army there was still time for fun. Many of the girls were from the upper and middle classes, the freedom they found in the land army was an eye opener being from sheltered backgrounds. Everyone of the women asked today said it was the best time of their lives. Despite their contribution to winning the war they were never awarded any medals; until just recently the survivors received a BADGE. Sadly Rita (Rachel) Boal pictured here with the farmer and some of her friends, had like many of her service friends passed away before this belated award.

Image and information courtesy of Eric Johnson.

With Laddie and Bob

Mr. Roberts and his horses, Laddie and Bob, are pictured in their field up behind Loftus shale tip. Their stable was behind the Empire, as were the garages and Ebbs’ coalyard.

Image and information courtesy of John Roberts.

Chapman Foal

Chapman the foal, was born 1960 out of Cholderton Legend and Princess Primrose. He went to the Queen as a three year old stallion. He was photographed here in Lumpsey Fields at Brotton 1960. I handled him many times and rode him to the transporter to be shipped to the Queen’s Stables in London. He was a quite a handful, as he was so fit and raring to go.

Image and information courtesy of Derick Pearson.

Adopted Foal

This image comes from a Whitby Gazette newspaper cutting, dating from 1963; with reference to ‘America’ Jack Welford. The full article read as follows: “In giving birth to a foal a 24-year-old mare, ‘Ginger’, died of a heart attack at America House, Hinderwell, the home of Mr and Mrs Jack Welford. Mr Welford and his family tried for 24 hours to feed the foal, named ‘Ginger’ after its dead mother, from a bottle, without success. As the last resort, Mr Welford put ‘Ginger’ to a 17-year-old Cleveland Bay mare, ‘Biscay Bay’, owned by Miss Ruth Kitching, of Goathland, near Whitby. ‘Biscay Bay’ already had a five-week-old foal of her own, but immediately accepted ‘Ginger’, and nursed him along with her own foal. Now. after initial jealousy by the ‘Biscay Bay’ foal, all three are happily running together on the farm.”

Image from a Whitby Gazette cutting (photograph having been taken by John Tindale of Whitby); courtesy of Derick Pearson. Thanks to Paul Brown for the update.

Chapman 1963

This is Chapman the stallion out of Cholderton Legend and Princess Primrose, just prior to going to London in 1963. He was named as one of the most famous stallions in the country. He is named in dozens of the Cleveland Bay magazines of that period.

Image and information courtesy of Derick Pearson.

Dutchman and Chapman at Fryup Hall, August 1961

This is Dutchman and Chapman at Fryup Hall in August 1961. ”Chapman” went to many Cleveland Bay owners as stud prior going to the London in 1963 to the Queen’s stud. Miss Ruth Kitching, The Duels, Sunleys, America Jack to name but a few of the famed Cleveland Bay owners in this area. Robert Goundry confirms this with: “George Duel and family, farmed near Eaglescliffe.”

Image and information courtesy of Derick Pearson, also thanks to Robert Goundry for confirmation of the Duels involvement with Cleveland Bays.