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Harry Tunstall

Harry Tunstall

Henry (Harry) Tunstall was born on March 27, 1926 and grew up on the family farm at Fell End, Ravenstonedale. He himself followed the family tradition and went into farming, but also developed his skills in the art of dry-stone walling. He has farmed his whole life and bred many prize-winning Swaledale sheep.

He tells of the difficulties of haymaking on the steep slopes of the fells, and the methods they had to use to get round this problem. He talks about the use of horses in farming before the introduction of tractors, and describes the ‘sledges’ they had to use instead of wheeled-carts due to the difficulties the terrain they worked.

He remembers the richness of the bird life in the Lakeland of his youth and has noted the declining numbers of Curlews, Pewits, Grouse, Plovers, and Skylarks in particular. He tells of how the Corncrake population declined with the introduction of mechanization.