Pictures of the story of Muker

Among the responses to Arthur Harwood Brierley’s 1897 article about life in the upper Swaledale village of Muker, re-published on the web pages associated with this blog, I have received copies of a couple of interesting photographs.

One is of a sign kept at the parish church in Muker that spells out the rules and prices for hiring the parish hearse. It is dated 1836 and demonstrates that Brierley’s assertion that the hearse was a recent innovation in 1897 was rather out of date.

Muker hearse hiring terms, photographed by Geoffrey Milburn and copyright Swaledale Museum, Reeth.

Muker hearse hiring terms, photographed by Geoffrey Milburn and copyright Swaledale Museum, Reeth.

The other photograph shows a family scene in the kitchen of the Queen’s Head Inn, Muker, where Brierley and his friend Thomas Parsons Cooper stayed during their researches into village life. The photograph is undated but appears to have been taken around 1916/17. It shows Dinah Raw – the landlady in the 1890s – who at the time of this photograph would have been about 73 and was retired and living in a small house in Muker. Sitting with her at the kitchen table are the landlady at the time, Dinah’s niece Sarah Alderson, aged about 32, and one of Sarah’s daughters, either Agnes or Harriet.

Family scene in the kitchen of the Queen’s Head, Muker, in about 1916/17. Photograph courtesy Jocelyn Campbell.

Family scene in the kitchen of the Queen’s Head, Muker, in about 1916/17. Photograph courtesy Jocelyn Campbell, granddaughter of Thomas Parsons Cooper.

Both photographs have been inserted in the article, which can be read in full at Muker 1897.

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About Will Swales

Amateur historian with a special interest in Swaledale, Yorkshire.
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