Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Yesterdays Snow


We got snow and I’ll post some photographs in a little while, but first to prove that snow ain’t what it used to be; some images from the depths of my mums sideboard drawers, this one is dated 1901 and is of a local pub, (essential services must be maintained.)

Snow 1901

And this  the big freeze of 1947, that lasted from the  21st of January until 4th of March  it’s the main street of a local village

Snow 1947

Family legend has it that my dad drove an Austin Seven on the ice of a frozen reservoir, during this time, being of the generation that had just returned from active service in the Second World War, I suspect he thought he was invincible, he would have gone demented if I or my siblings had tried such a prank.


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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

14 thoughts on “Yesterdays Snow

  1. Now that is snow. Ruralshire may, or may not, have snow at the moment. Obviously, I can’t say because it would reveal England’s most nonsensical police force and get me in huge trouble. I love the pub picture, is that the local Bobby on the left? I think it is!

  2. It’s 1963 that I remember. Nowadays we get virtually nothing here in London. That’s probably a good thing as even the lightest dusting seems to cause chaos.

  3. Gadget, if it is its probably the last bobby this village has seen,unless it was during a ‘lock-in’
    (Well more perhaps accurately hamlet, rather than village; despite the size of the Methodist church it is no more than a cluster of a few quarry men’s cottages and a pub)
    Flighty we do seem to have lost the knack of either coping or tolerating with the inconvenience of bad weather, to listen to the news it always seems to be someone’s fault! It’s just weather.

  4. I well remember the big snow-up in 1947. Great toboganning! The old photographs are really something, aren’t they?

  5. Oh wow – those pictures are brilliant! It’s like an igloo to get into the pub….!
    You’re right – the way they go on about weather these days is exactly as if it’s someone’s fault. We are certainly turning into a blame society about the most ridiculous things. Like you say – sometimes things ‘just are’.

  6. What a Fantastic picture of the pub and your dad certainly sounds like he knew how to live!
    I agree that a lot of people make a ridiculous fuss over the weather these days, our local council made the village school close last Friday, just in case there was snow. As you can probably guess there wasn’t a flake in sight and brilliant sunshine.
    I think the reason people make such a fuss, is that they are used to such a cushy existence these days and they attribute blame, because they’re not used to having to take responsibility for themselves.

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  12. Hello. I’m not sure if you will see this post as I see your post is from 2008. I am just doing an article for the not for profit Winster village magazine on the snow of 1947. I am trying to find some pictures to illustrate it, as words don’t do it justice, and have just stumbled across yours. Would you please mind if I used them for the article? I would of course fully reference where they come from. Thanks

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