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DRY STONE WALLING UNDERGROUND
A PRESENTATION BY FRED SPENCER
Ex Silverwood miner and policeman
The excellent article below was published in The Dalesman of January 1999, author Fred Spencer has kindly subscribed the piece to this site along with one of his drawings which is seen above. The article describes how the skill of dry stone walling was not just limited to farmers in the Dales. The article also contains some very sound advice for would be dry stone wallers as only a Yorkshireman could give it.
DARK DAYS UNDERGROUND
MY wife and I enjoy our regular visits to Goathland, never tiring of the dales and moors with their breathtaking scenery. Many an hour we have spent watching the men repairing sections of dry stone wall, damaged by the ravages of time. Such work takes me back to my teenage years, in the 1950s, when I was introduced to my first experience of building a dry stone wall. The old boy given the task of passing on his skills, had a countenance as hard as the stone of his craft. The scars of time had lined his face, causing it to look like the rows of dry stone walling, criss-crossing a dales hillside.
We took a pride in our completed work, although
unlike the dry stone walls on the surface, our efforts were not to be
admired. The coal faces advanced into the strata, where no man had stepped
before, leaving our efforts behind, where no man would walk again. The cycle
of production had to go on.
As an addition to the above I have added another of Freds poems below which is a conversational piece about working along side a disruptive workmate down the mine.
Many thanks Fred for contributing here on this site.
Copyright Fred Spencer firstname.lastname@example.org
Poetry by Fred
Articles by Fred
Tales from the Mine Page 1 Bruce Wilson
Tales from the Mine Page 2 Bruce Wilson
Tales from the Mine Page 3 Bruce Wilson
Tales from the Mine Page 3a Bruce Wilson
Tales from the Mine Page 4 Fred Spencer
Tales from the Mine Page 5 John Doxey
Tales from the Mine Page 7 Geoff Walker
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