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Allendale, Northumberland

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    Allendale Town, Northumberland: OS Grid Reference(383500,555500)

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    University of Leeds

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    Ellis, Stanley (male, SED fieldworker)

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    Sparks, George (b.1898, male, lead miner and farmer)

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    George discusses changes in the nature of farming locally. He explains how numerous former smallholdings under individual ownership have been merged into single farms, and he laments the subsequent loss of traditional practices, particularly the use of middens. Byerhope Farm is south of Allendale Common on the hills above Allenheads.

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