Ravenstonedale Kirkby Stephen Cumbria

Millennium Map Project. Beckstones

Contributor: Margaret Chapelhow
Newbiggin-on-Lune, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

I was born at Beckstones in 1941 and have lived here all my life, so I thought I would write as much as I known about Beckstones and the people who lived here in the 1900s.

Walter and I have farmed here since 1968 when we took over from my father. My parents were Edwin and Annie Metcalfe and they came to farm at Beckstones in 1939. My grandfather, Ralph William Metcalfe, bought the farm in the 1920s from John Hugh Fothergill of Brownber Hall. At first he had a tenant in the farm, whose name was Mr Slinger, then he came to farm it himself with some of his family. We think this was around 1928.

We have an old sale catalogue dated 1912, when the farm was offered for sale as a place well known for the cheeses it produced.

In the very earliest part of the 19th century some of the Capstick family lived here. The late John Capstick of Brownber, grandfather of Wilfred Capstick, used to tell me that he lived here when he was a schoolboy. One of his brothers, Joe Capstick, started his butchery business in one of the farm buildings when they lived here. He used to go round Newbiggin-on-Lune on foot selling his meat out of a basket. Later on he ran a successful butchery business in Sedbergh.