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Paul Horsman photographer Exhibition images

Paul Horsman photographer Exhibition images

The Remains of the Dales

The "Remains of the Dales" project shows the remnants of a forgotten side to the Yorkshire Dales. Hidden in corners, away from the usual tourist routes are some of the rusting relics and abandoned ruins of the countrysides' past.
Some things were quite amusing and others quite haunting, I tried to imagine how things would have been when they were last in use... all is now silent apart from the sheep and the wind.

A Touch of Paint

This derelict barn in the Yorkshire Dales is typical of so many farm buildings that have outlived their usefulness.
As I took this image there was an eerie atmosphere, it felt as if the barn had a secret past.
A Touch of Paint
Retired,

Retired,

I believe this tractor is a Ferguson TE20. Made from 1946 through to 1956 this iconic Coventry made tractor was known as "The Little Grey Fergie"
Many are still in use, this one has sadly been retired due to ill health.

Off the Rails

Old railway wagons are a favorite of the Yorkshire farmer, plentiful and cheap when Beeching axed the railway network in the early sixties, they were well built to withstand the harshest of weather on the upland farms of the Yorkshire Dales. After probably 50 years of service just below Whernside, the harsh environment and old age are finally taking their toll on these two.
Off the Rails
Bathtime

Bathtime

Perched high up on the side of the fell, this abandoned farmhouse that has far reaching views over Swaledale and must have been a wonderful place to live.
The roof has gone, as have most of the walls and ceilings and all that remains is this tin bath in front of the old farmhouse kitchen range.
I wonder how many farmers have relaxed in the bath in front of the fire after a long day tramping over the moors tending the sheep.

All Secure

This detail shot of the door lock on the old railway wagons, made me smile.
As the wagon finally rots away the last thing to disappear is the door latch........it still works even now!
All Secure
Abandoned

Abandoned

High above Swaledale, this abandoned sheep farm must have been a riot of noise and activity as the sheep came for their annual dip. The place would have been bustling with flat capped farmers and black and white sheep dogs, shouting and whistling trying to keep all the sheep in order.
Now as quiet as an old factory its only visitors are the odd photographer and a solitary sheep looking for shelter from the harsh weather.
These two trailers amused me, they look like a couple of old friends hiding in the woods away from the hunters' rifles who have been using them for target practice!
The Yorkshire Dales is littered with forgotten and abandoned farm machinery, left behind 'cos one day it might just come in fo'summat'
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Secret Door

Secret Door

As I walked along a little used path in Coverdale I came across this barn, it's still in use. The door round the back is over grown and out of use..........where does it lead to?

Sleeping

Finally 'asleep' this old warrior rests were he fell, he couldn't pull his load anymore so laid down to rest and never rose again.
Its a hard to make a living on the moors of the Yorkshire Dales and only the strong survive into old age.
Just the bare bones left now at the side of the path for walkers to pay their respects as they pass by.
Sleeping
Spares or Repair

Spares or Repair

The Land Rover has been the vehicle of choice for the Dales farmer for generations, despite its age, it is still instantly recognizable with its' iconic body shape.
I wonder how long its been since this one trundled its way over the stoney tracks that cross the Moors and Dales. With bales of hay in the back and a couple of sheep dogs on the passenger seat how many times has it gone out onto the bleak fells and moors to tend the flock.