ELEGY FOR THE DALE
Nidderdale

RICHARD MUIR
256pp ILLUS 2010 OUT OF PRINT (P) H568

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Description
This is the story of the shaping, over several millennia, of a valley community of the Yorkshire Dales. The valley is Nidderdale, a brooding and watery place that takes its name from the Celtic/Danish for 'valley of brilliant or sparkling water'. First English and Scandinavian settlers, then new masters, technologies and regulations led to the development of a distinctive dialect and culture. Yet, in the space of a few decades this cultural edifice has been utterly demolished. This book celebrates the complexity of social advancement, while also lamenting a lost indigenous culture. Its use of literary passages and infra-red photography to portray life in former times is both unsettling and timeless.