Gordon Sutcliffe standing by a tractor with Rascal the dog at his feet.

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Gordon Sutcliffe standing by a tractor with Rascal the dog at his feet.




The photo shows Gordon Sutcliffe standing near the main gate in his field on Old Shaw Lane with his arm over one of his tractors. Gordon had many! This one was his first, one of of 2 Fordson tractors Gordon owned. They were both bought at auction after Gordon's death by a local man called Donald Stansfield who went on to restore them. He is dressed in his working clothes and at his feet is Rascal the dog .
(See omeka items id# 64 and 70 for more details about the tractors)

A local amateur photographer had asked to take a photo of Gordon with his new tractor. He was supposed to let them know when he was coming, but turned up unannounced, so Gordon was in his working clothes. His wife Dorothy wanted him to change into something different, but the photographer insisted he kept them on. They never knew what the photographer did with the photo, but he did give them a copy.
Gordon’s Adult Life On leaving school Gordon went to work at John Pickles Engineers Mytholm Works as an apprentice fitter from 1942 to 46 He returned to complete his apprenticeship after his National Service. He had varied working life in and around the Calder Valley and Burnley.
He married Dorothy Mills on 22nd March 1952 and the couple went to live at High St Jack Bridge, later moving to “Four Winds” Blackshaw Head in 1969 where he lived for the rest of his life.
Auction. Following Gordon's death a public auction of his large collection including engineering, motor and farming artefacts was held on his small holding at Blackshaw Head overlooking Colden. It was held on 8th September 2007 and the auctioneers were Silverwoods of Clitheroe. People came from far and wide and many local people attended.


Made available by: Dorothy Sutcliffe, Four Winds, Blackshaw Head HX7 7JJ
Edited by Edith Bowman SHED member






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omeka item id#:59
original file name:25.jpg




“Gordon Sutcliffe standing by a tractor with Rascal the dog at his feet.,” SHED (Blackshaw Local History Group) Archive, accessed April 13, 2024, https://blackshawhistory.org/items/show/59.

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