Joan Hutton-Wilson Memorial

I’ve come across this memorial before, in a bracken infested copse just off the steep Trenet Bank out of Bilsdale.

I was almost surprised to find it:

1968
Joan Hutton-Wilson
who loved Bilsdale

Not that I thought it would have  disappeared.

The main photo is the view from the memorial. Chop Gate is centre, the col of Hasty Bank in the distance, left of centre.

I am guessing Joan Hutton-Wilson farmed at Bilsdale Hall with her husband from when they brought the farm in 19491Britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk. (2022). A North Yorkshire Moorland Farm | Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News | Wednesday 06 June 1962 | British Newspaper Archive. [online] Available at: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0001859/19620606/035/0028 [Accessed 20 Mar. 2022]..

Mr and Mrs M. J. C. Hutton-Wilson set out to establish a pedigree herd of Jersey cattle for milk production. By 1961, the emphasis had changed to Galloways supplemented by sheep and arable crops.

Hutton-Wilson was also Chairman of the Associated Chemical Companies and hunted with the Bilsdale Hounds.

On the main photo, Bilsdale Hall is on the far side of the dale, surrounded by trees, roughly centre.

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