Monthly Archives: February 2016

“Muker is the most unsophisticated place in Yorkshire”

The travel writer Arthur Harwood Brierley branded Muker ‘the most unsophisticated place in Yorkshire’ in a lengthy report on his visits to the upper-Swaledale village in the 1890s. His article appeared as part of a series headed Leaves of a … Continue reading

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Did the Spanish kill Swaledale’s lead mines?

The rapid decline of the Swaledale lead-mining industry in the late 1800s was said at the time by some observers to be partly down to fierce competition from cheap Spanish imports. One such was the travel writer Arthur Harwood Brierley … Continue reading

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“Muker people are Liberal in their politics and teetotal in their appetites”

“Muker people are Liberal in their politics and teetotal in their appetites,” so opined the 19th-century travel writer Arthur Harwood Brierley after a visit to the upper-Swaledale village in 1897. Brierley’s account was published among a series of his articles … Continue reading

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