Though the days of teams of men mowing a meadow with scythes are long gone, many of the old haytimers can still remember the days when haymaking was undertaken with horses and hay rakes.
‘Ask the Fellows who Cut the Hay’*
In 2006, the North Pennines AONB Partnership launched its own historical research project to explore the history of hay time in the North Pennines. This book was gleaned from that work. We did indeed not only ‘ask the fellows who cut the hay’ – but those who turned and strewed, raked and rowed, piked and led it too.
This book marks the climax of four years’ research into the history of hay meadow management in the North Pennines. This beautifully illustrated 36-page book principally comprises extracts from oral history interviews with retired farmers
*From The Decade of Sheng Min, translated by Ezra Pound
How to get your copy
The book, priced £6.99 can be bought from some local Tourist Information Centres, visitor centres and shops, or can be ordered by writing to North Pennines AONB Partnership, Weardale Business Centre, The Old Co-op Building, 1 Martin Street, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL13 2UY. Please enclose a cheque for the full amount (includes postage and packing) made out to ‘Durham County Council’. Don’t forget to include your address, phone number and email address so that we can contact you about your order if we need to (your details will not be used for any other reason).
You can also pay by credit/debit card over the phone by calling the AONB Partnership (Mon-Fri) on 01388 528801 and asking for Aimee Lee.
1 copy: £8.49; Friends of the North Pennines members’ 50% discount: £5
2 copies: £16.73; Friends of the North Pennines members’ 50% discount: £9.75
3 copies: £23.72; Friends of the North Pennines members’ 50 % discount: £13.25
For further information please contact the North Pennines AONB Partnership office on 01388 528801, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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