nephew who tapped his uncle's brains
Much water has flowed under the bridge since the days when
experience and knowledge were respected and shared in the
old fashioned way. Remember conversation, in the days before
e-mail and surfing the internet?
Living in a world were communication is dominated by technology,
we tend today to forget how important face -to-face contact
can be in passing on information.
Take these tales from the Mill. They're part and parcel of
local folklore, handed down by word of mouth to the present
generation. Although memories of the Mill as an active force
in the community are fading, these stories remain as a valuable
source of the life and work of the people of Bardon Mill.
But back to our tale. When Big John took over the running
of the Mill, he was well aware of the contribution his uncle
Roger, or Hodge as he was known, could make to the continued
success of the business. They often met as they travelled
the road between Bardon Mill and Haltwhistle, sitting down
on their hunkers to discuss affairs at the factory.
These informal meetings, often punctuated by impromptu sketches
in the dirt of the unsurfaced road, were an indispensable
source of information for Big John as he worked to develop
It may have been primitive by today's standards, but it worked.
Many of these ideas raised during the roadside sessions were
successfully implemented at the Mill.
Perhaps we could claim that a spot on the road between Bardon
Mill and Haltwhistle was the world's first web site. Or would
that be spinning a yarn.