Hannah Hauxwell - Obituary

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Hannah Hauxwell - Obituary

Postby Galactic Greyhound » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:31 pm

For those who remember this fine lady of the North Pennines, sadly she passed away on January 30, 2018, aged 91 years.
Her life is a testimony to courage and fortitude.

Hannah Hauxwell (1 August 1926 – 30 January 2018) was an English farmer who was the subject of several television documentaries on Yorkshire Television.
Her father died when she was 10 and then her mother and uncle passed away, leaving her alone at the age of 34. For almost three decades, she tended her cattle in the harshest of weathers, living and sleeping in one room and collecting drinking water from a stream.
Hannah was living alone at Low Birk Hatt Farm in an isolated area of County Durham when she came to public attention in the documentary 'Too Long a Winter'. After two decades, the same TV crew returned to her farm to catch up with her:

'A Winter too Many': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4XNv0QGwdA

When Hannah retired in 1988 aged 62, the farm was sold but Durham Wildlife Trust (DWT) were able to purchase and manage her meadow which has now become a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and named it 'Hannah's Meadow'.
Note in the videos that Hannah lived in 'Low Birk Hatt Farm' which is closer to the reservoir than 'High Birk Hatt Farm':

DWT Hannah's Meadow Nature Reserve: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtwa73jcIAA

Hannah's Farm & Meadow 2009: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtWKA4V ... e=youtu.be

You can visit 'Hannah's Meadow' here:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Han ... -2.1014357

Hannah's Meadow, Pennine Way, Barnard Castle DL12 9UX

Read more at: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/lifesty ... -1-7851328


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Postby Jon S » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:11 pm

She were a tough old girl and no mistake.
I doubt any of our present young generation could cope the way she did, no running water, no electricity, no motor transport.
The 'snowflake generation' go into terminal withdrawal if the inter-web, email, or Face/Twit falls over.

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Postby Lolo » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:33 pm

I remember watching the original programme and her going to the stream to break the ice for water.

She was so lovely

After spending 6 months getting our water from a font and hand washing our clothes for a year, washing our dishes outside using a hose for a tap (which we still do!)in the sunshine)) I can imagine how hard it was for her in such bleak conditions. She was a very strong woman.
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Re: Hannah Hauxwell - Obituary

Postby King Herald » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:33 am

I have enough problems getting out of bed on a cold morning, and we have central heating. 8-[

I can’t even imagine the hardships she lived with for so long. But then this is the way so many people lived in the past.
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Postby Rob Frankhamr » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:30 pm

I have enough problems getting out of bed on a cold morning, and we have central heating. 8-[

I can’t even imagine the hardships she lived with for so long. But then this is the way so many people lived in the past.
And, of course, why so many didn't...

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