Suprising sight on road to Leeds, Yorkshire

I was driving over to visit Temple Newsam in Leeds to take some photos for the Leeds photo daily. I passed this chap, a rag and bone man, incredible! I did a smart u-turn, very pleased to have my camera on the passenger seat.

As a boy I used to go and spend holidays with my mothers parents in Plaistow in East London, in those days rag & bone men were a common sight. I recall once hearing the sound “raa boh” and going out to swap one of my mothers coats for a goldfish. It took me a long afternoon tracking down the cart to recover mums coat, else it would have been “wait till your father hears about this”. Ooops.!

This chap did not mind me with camera, he just leapt out of the picture. We had a little chat about me not seeing another in the last 30 odd years. When I told him about the goldfish, he said that must have been a long time ago, very true.

His horse is called “Tommy”.

Linda – Gold Coast said…
I so remember the rag and bone man. Our rag and bone man would give us donkey stones (which were scouring blocks to clean stone steps – check out “donkey stones”). What would he give today I wonder?

Tommy is such a beauty, I just hope and pray he is safe on the busy roads.

Lovely sunny day – thanks again for a terrific photo.

March 22, 2009 9:39 AM
Nancy said…
Fantastic story. I’ve never heard of a rag and bone man before.

March 22, 2009 8:04 PM
Jacob said…
Wonderful photo and great story. I’ve never heard of rag and bone men…what means “bone”?

March 22, 2009 8:07 PM
marley said…
That is a blast from the past! I’ll have to ask my Gran if she saw it. We used to visit Temple Newsam at Easter when we’d stop with my Gran. I hope you’ll share some photos. Do they still have the farm there?

March 22, 2009 9:44 PM
lunarossa said…
Reminds me of old “Steptoe and Son”….Ciao. A.

March 22, 2009 10:32 PM
Lois said…
What a nice picture! It always pays to keep your camera handy because you never know what you will see!

March 22, 2009 10:43 PM
Steffe said…
That is a bit surprising, and a fantastic find for 2009!

March 22, 2009 11:54 PM


Tamworth Piglets Loose at Temple Newsam Home Farm

One of the really nice things about the Home Farm on the Temple Newsam estate near Leeds is that he public can get up close and personal with farm livestock like these piglets. Until they grow too big for the bars that keep them in they have free run of the farm yard.

The piglets in the photo are a breed of pig called Tamworth, the farm at Temple Newsam is a rare breeds centre and the largest in Europe.

The Tamworth breed pig originated in Sir Robert Peel’s Drayton Manor Estate at Tamworth, Staffordshire, after the existing herd was interbred from 1812 with pigs from Ireland known as ‘Irish Grazers’, that Peel had seen in Ireland in 1809. Tamworth pigs are of a ginger to red colouration, is hardy and well disposed to people.

Sadly these fine pigs are no longer popular with commercial pig farmers and as because of this they are not as common as they at once were and the population is under threat hence you can see them here at Temple Newsam not far from Leeds.


Saddleback Piglet – Temple Newsam

This photograph show a couple of piglets at the home farm on the Temple Newsam estate not far from Leeds. These are British Saddleback pigs with the mother forming the background of the picture.

The Home Farm on the Temple Newsam estate is a working rare breeds centre and is the largest such in Europe.