From: Joy Neal, Flamborough Road, Bempton.
READING the “My Yorkshire” column by Stephanie Moon recalling going to Hellifield reminded me of my great-grandad, who in the days when swearing was confined to men only and never in front of ladies, would say if he was astonished: “Well, I’ll go to Hellifield.”
My grandad who worked on the railway would say: “I’ll go to Elsecar” and grandma would say: “The foot of our stairs.” Any more variations on this? On the subject of “ruddle stone”, your correspondent from Batley who remembers his mum buying from a handcart, this would most likely have been “Ruddle” Annie who I think lived in Batley Carr. I was told she was left a widow with children and sold the ruddle stones to keep body and soul together. Has anyone else heard of her?
From: Alan Beck, Dearne Hall Fold, Low Barugh, Barnsley.
WHEN I was nobbut a lad, I came across this poem in, I believe, a copy of Punch magazine from the 1920s. It may be necessary for your southern readers to explain that Slaithwaite is pronounced “sloughwhit”.
I work a one man farm in Slaithwaite,
My farm has but one field,
In saxon linchests to allaithwaite,
Proper crop rotation,
Naithwaite bears beet, peas, wheat grass,
And one caithwaite won’t support two,
And a saithwaite it has nine piglets,
‘Ee by gaithwaite is by the sweat of my
Braithwaite shows a profit,
Caps all t’farming chaps I’Slaithwaite.
From: Anne Whittaker, Sheffield.
My dear mum aged 88 suffers from Altzheimer’s dementia.
She recently said “You never know your luck ‘till you take your barrow back”. It’s a phrase that we have never heard her use before or heard of ourselves and wonder if anyone can help with its origin and meaning.
From: Audrey Bemrose, East Riding Dialect Society.
Our next meeting, Thursday June 16, 7.30pm is at the Rose and Crown, Little Driffield.The following evening there’s a Yorkshire Dialect Evening at Skipsea Village Hall starting at 7.30pm, admission £5, including light refreshments. Publications and CDs on sale. Tickets available at Skipsea Post Office or on the door. Phone 01262 673995 for information.