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Swaledale Museum Photograph of a 1920s lady motorcyclist
At last Saturday's Christmas bash at St John's Chapel I showed a selection of images from the Swaledale Museum Archive. Image top left: was a photo of an unknown lady motorcyclist in Reeth. After the meeting it was suggested to me that this may be Margery Cottle, the first lady to finish the Scott Trial. Margery’s greatest success was in the 1927 International Six Day Trial (ISDT), when the British Ladies Team won the International Silver Vase. In August 1927, the News of the World carried a picture of Cottle, Edith Foley, Miss Louise MacLean and two other leading female motorcyclists, Mrs M Grenfell and the appropriately named Mrs Spokes. The five were described as "the British ladies who triumphed in the International Trials" on 20 August 1927.

In 1928 Cottle was the only female rider to complete the Scott Trial which was held in the Skipton area around that time. She finished in all of the subsequent Scott Trials that she entered. In 1939, the ISDT was held in Nazi-controlled Austria in the last few days before England declared war on Germany. That year, Britain sent both a civilian and a military team to compete. After four days, when it seemed that war could break out at any minute, British officials told the civilian team to return to England immediately. Cottle refused to leave and competed on the fifth day alongside the British Army team. When they too were ordered to abandon competition, Cottle and the Army team rode their motorcycles to neutral territory in Switzerland. Cottle was sponsored by Raleigh Motorcycles.

Ken, the Scott Trial secretary kindly searched the Scott Trial archives for Margery Cottle using #86 when competing. He quickly replied: "I have all the entry lists for the Scott trial and I can only find Marjorie riding as: No 110 in 1927
No3 in 1928
No36 in 1930
No95 in 1931
No12 in 1932
No50 in 1933"

He also searched for number #86 being a lady competitor, again without success. So, although I had already ‘Googled’ Google Images without success, I tried again. This time lady luck was on my shoulder when I came across this image top right:

The caption then revealed their identities: Photo Britain’s ‘A’ Silver Vase Women’s Team ISDT at Harrogate (left) Miss Marjorie Cottle (348cc Raleigh) [HF3383] #46 Mrs Louise Mclean (348cc Douglas) and #86 Miss Edith Foley (494cc Triumph). So, it was Edith Foley. But the image could be from either 1927 or 1928 during the International Six Day Motorcycle Trial which was based in Harrogate in both years.

The route on one of the six days was through Reeth see map below left:

Edith Foley was sponsored by Triumph and competed in many International events alongside Cottle and the other ladies in the British team from the mid-1920s into the 1930s.

Many thanks for for use of their photograph and the map and to Wikipedia for the background information on Margery Cottle.

Stephen Eastmead 12/12/2018
#86 the mystery lady motorcyclist in Reeth , Swaledale. ©Swaledaale Museum #86 found on a Google image search.
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1927 International Six Day Trial route map.
News Record: 45     Updated: 12-12-2018 21:37:32

Environment Agency Geomatics have announced the new and future Lidar coverage.
It is sad news about our region regarding new 1M Lidar coverage. It was believed that there would be a good number of upland regions that currently have no 1M Lidar coverage flown in the 2017/8 season. This is not the case when you view their map. There seems to be no likelihood of those areas being covered in this coming 2018/9 season either.

More Information is available from their website.
2017/8 and 2018/9 Lidar seasons aerial coverage
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News Record: 44     Updated: 10-12-2018 21:21:33

Holwick 2018 - a chance to find out about our latest discoveries about life in medieval Teesdale.
Altogether Archaeology has been working at Holwick in upper Teesdale for the past two years trying to find out more about how life was lived in the dale during the middle ages. In May we carried out our second excavation on the Well Head settlement which is a small deserted hamlet occupying rising ground on the south side of the valley. Our work has shown that the settlement was occupied for several centuries during the medieval period. This is based on the range of pottery types recovered. This year we excavated a complete longhouse structure, typical of the period, which would have provided living accommodation for people and animals under the same roof. We also looked at two other structures which form part of the settlement. The site has produced a considerable quantity of small finds - not only large quantities of pottery, as mentioned above, but also glass and metal objects.

So that we can share the results of our work to date we are organising a public meeting in Middleton-In-Teesdale Village Hall on the evening of Thursday 25th October from 7.30 until 9.30pm. Members of Altogether Archaeology will be giving illustrated talks about what we have found and there will also be opportunities to see and handle some of the interesting finds that our excavations have unearthed. There is no admission fee for for this event and everyone is welcome. Please come along!

Our project at Holwick this year was funded by the Northern Heartlands Community Initiative Fund, managed by County Durham Community Foundation. Altogether Archaeology is grateful to both of these organisations for their support.
One of the buildings investigated in 2017 Some of our volunteer team celebrating their work near the end of our 2018 dig.
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News Record: 43     Updated: 06-11-2018 17:50:54
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