Once again I have been away from the blog for far too long. Sorry.
Last Sunday we went to a book fair at Ingleton and found a little gem. It’s a guide to the Craven area published in 1850 and written by a chap called Howson (an old Horton name). there is much of interest in this slim volume, but one section on Horton caught my eye. Howson describes Newhouses Tarn and talks about the Tarn being stocked with brown trout from the river. Who was doing the stocking and who was catching the fish he does not say, but remember that this is at least 30 years before the MAA were doing so. He even mentions that the need for stocking was because of an absence of a feeder in which fish could breed. It also puts back the formation of the Tarn to before 1850, a date which some authors have noted as being the date of its creation during a severe thunderstorm.
It may be that the stocking was organised by and for the Hammond family of Arncliffe who owned the land and the Tarn. Maybe not. Mike H may have a view.
I am inclined to believe Howson because his many descriptions of local caves and potholes are surprisingly accurate and free from the usual Victorian guff.
If you come across this volume in a second hand book shop it’s well worth an investment.