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Canon Dixon

Canon Dixon

At the age of 12 in 1932, Canon David Dixon moved with his family from north London to a cottage in Hallthwaites, not far from Millom where his father was originally from. He ran the Millom Scout group for many years, and worked as a curate in Barrow and Workington, and then was warden of Rydal Hall from 1968 to 1984. He used to take the scouts on long walks and camping weekends on the Fells, where the paths were not always easy to follow.
He remembers the local industries, farms and farming families there used to be. The three dairy farms at Arnaby, which are now gone, used to sell milk by the jug from the churn. He watched butter being made on the kitchen tables in the farmhouses, and still has the basket he was given by a local basket maker as a wedding present, 59 years ago.
One of the most noticeable changes in wildlife has been the decline of the red squirrel:
"There were reds at Rydal, all the time that I was there, we always had red squirrels in the grounds there. It’s fifteen years since I’ve seen one, I think, fifteen or twenty."
"I remember being in the kitchen there and watching them making butter, on the kitchen table, rolling it out, in the farm there."