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Crows Nest Barn
Austwick, Nr. Settle, LA2 8AS

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The Courtyard Dairy

Situated in a beautiful stone barn, The Courtyard Dairy was created with the ethos to sell only the best cheese available from the British Isles and the Continent of Europe; and by doing so, to...


Visit to The Courtyard Dairy

We finally got to meet award-winning cheesemonger Andy Swinscoe at The Courtyard Dairy near Settle earlier this week. He is at the forefront of a movement championing the uniquely-flavoured ...


Courtyard Dairy helps us celebrate

One of the most important sources of information about traditional dairying in the Yorkshire Dales is Marie Hartley & Joan Ingilby's book 'Life & Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales'. The pair...


Dairy Days

Welcome to our new blog for the Wensleydale Dairy Days project. Follow us over the next two years as we discover and celebrate the importance and longevity of dairy farming in this iconic valley.


Roman dairying

With sophisticated grazing systems already in place the Roman army had little trouble setting up supplies of meat and dairy products when they arrived in Wensleydale in the first century AD. The...


Dairying folklore

We have been doing a little research into the superstitions surrounding dairying after we read this in Marie Hartley & Joan Ingilby's book 'Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales': "Mr J....


Women in the dairy

In our last blog post 'Traditional cheese making', we touched on the crucial role that women played in the farmhouse dairy in years gone by. It was their craft skills, industry and attention to...


Kit Calvert letter

We spotted an interesting bit of detective work going on over on The Courtyard Dairy's Facebook page last week. They've got a copy of a letter written in dialect by by the famous saviour of...


The First Dairy Farmers

We have historic records for dairying in Wensleydale going back to the medieval era but by that time people had already been milking cows, sheep and goats for thousands of years. The very first...


Dairying during wartime

We are delighted at the number of local historians who have come on board and are busy researching various dairying-related topics for the project. Geoffrey Keeble of the Middleham & Dales Local...

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