Anthony Hartley

Turner Hall Farm, Duddon Valley

The Hartley family has been farming at Turner Hall in Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley for four generations, shepherding a flock of sheep whose grazing land extends to the commons around Coniston Old Man.

Anthony is one of this region's most highly respected Herdwick sheep breeders: he has been rearing some of the best tups in the Lake District for many years.

Anthony has taken us on quad bike and foot to the fell tops around his land, and welcomed us to his farm several times. We have joined him as he fixes walls, during lambing and for shearing, and for the now rare practice of 'clouting' (the cloth 'clouts' sewn over the back end of a young ewe work like chastity belts).

Because we have spent a lot of time with Anthony, and with Andrew, who works alongside him, our experiences at Turner Hall crop up a lot in blogs and tweets. Further pictures and writing are on show at the exhibition in 2014.

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