Old Welsh hill farmer's chair

Contributed by JUDE HASLAM

Old Welsh hill farmer's chair

A friend of mine found this old, rustic chair in a tumbledown cottage on a mountain above the Elan Valley in Mid-Wales. He was walking in the region one day back in about 1975. He came upon the ruin and all that was left inside was the chair. My friend carried it on his back, down the mountain and returned home to Leicestershire with it. He believed it was abandoned and brought it back for preservation.On emigrating to Canada in 1977 he passed it on to me.
I think of it as a relic of an old style of farming life. It was probably made at the cottage as it is of a simple, functional, vernacular style. I imagine it was originally a family chair. The family would have been fairly poor and making a living, probably by keeping sheep. The chair is historic and very proud, sturdy and polished with use. This type of chair may have been made by peasant folk all the world over, and are still in use today in many poor, agricultural regions, though not so much in the UK nowadays. It makes me think of a common bond amongst poor folk and their daily lives around the world and throughout history.

Comments are closed for this object

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

About this object

Click a button to explore other objects in the timeline

Location

The Elan Valley

Culture
Period
Theme
Size
H:
100cm
W:
38cm
D:
33cm
Colour
Material

View more objects from people in North Yorkshire.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.