In the winter of 1976-77 Daniel Meadows, photographer-in-residence to the borough of Pendle, Lancashire, visited Old Farm, Little Stainton, across the county boundary in north Yorkshire. Here Cyril Richardson and his family reared pigs and, around Christmas, killed them. The hams and flitches were cured, the bacon rolled and hung up.
Cyril is the man sharpening knives. His wife Elsie holds up the lace fat from the belly. Their daughter is Helen, their son-in-law farmer lad Tony Critchley. The butcher is Everett Moor. His assistant (with specs) is Jim Woodhouse. Wearing the ICl coat is Herbert Bray.
"The only thing that's wasted with a pig" said Elsie, "is its squeal."
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