A strange place to store peanuts.
In late 2013 some members of the History Group spent a pleasant afternoon talking with Rosemary Hargreaves, who was born in Farnhill in the mid-1930s and lived there until she was around 10 years old. Her memory of that time was very vivid and in a wide-ranging conversation she recalled a period when peanuts were stored in the mill at the bottom of Farnhill Main Street (on the site of what is now the Bainbridge Wharfe houses). On her way to school in Kildwick, she and other youngsters would often stop off at the mill and the people working there would give each of them a small bag of nuts to eat.
This little story fitted nicely with an item in our archive: a page from a magazine produced in the late-1950s by South Craven Secondary school. First-year pupils had been asked about where they live and this is what first-year pupil Irene Rishworth had to say about Farnhill and Kildwick:
So, an awful crime was committed. But does anyone know why peanuts were being stored at the mill ? How long this went on for, and why it stopped ?
The Farnhill and Kildwick Group would like to thank Rosemary and Susan Hargreaves for agreeing to be interviewed. The image was provided by Keighley and Distict Digital Archive.