Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Cheery Face Which Captured the Nation's Hearts

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Cheery Face Which Captured the Nation's Hearts

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HANNAH HAUXWELL (1926-2018) was emblematic of the tough, resourceful upland farmers of North Yorkshire and County Durham.

Having run her family farm, Low Birk Hatt in Baldersdale, since the death of her parents and uncle when she was 35, Hannah lived a life of unmodernised poverty and hardship.

Hannah awarded honorary from University With no electricity or running water, daily life was a struggle on an annual income of less than £200. Deliveries of bread, milk and groceries were left on a wall three fields away.

Unmarried and alone, she once remarked: "In summer I live and in winter I exist".

Hannah was "discovered" in 1972, when Yorkshire Television made a documentary about her daily life titled "Too Long a Winter".

Broadcast nationally, it touched the hearts of many and Hannah became a national heroine. …

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