The Ullswater Foxhounds 1863-1913 The First 50 Years
The story of the Ullswater Foxhounds and their formation, with the usage of newspaper and other reports written at the time, takes the reader from 1863 to 1913. Detailed accounts of meets and runs over the Lakeland fells, interspersed with the author's own accounts and more recent reminiscences of days following hounds, provides the reader with intimate observations of life during those years. More
This is the first of two books and 'The Ullswater Foxhounds 1913-1963 The Next 50 Years' will be published soon.
Ron Black is a native Lakelander with roots going back to 1700, the 4th generation to follow hounds, with ancestors who stood on the cold tops at dawn, moved the heavy Lakeland stone to free trapped terriers and also ‘carried the horn’ on occasions.
Recently he was told that 95% of Lakeland was unexplored in an archaeological sense. With the abolition of fox hunting in the UK in 2005 there was a slight chance that places and structures associated with fox hunting would in the fullness of time join them, lost in time and memory.
It was with this in mind that Ron began to compile material for his website, Lakeland Hunting Memories, and Facebook page. It is NOT intended for it to glorify or be used as propaganda for or against hunting, but simply to record associations with a ‘sport’ traditional to Lakeland for over 300 years.
Hunting will not come back in the foreseeable future, perhaps not at all, but for three hundred years hunting and the church were the central thread to many communities. This and his other books, along with the website, are a part of the story.
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