House with memories of big man who saved village pit
From a local hero to happy youth hostellers, they are all in the life and times of Low Hole Bottom, Bewerley. Sharon Dale reports.
UNLIKE palaces and stately piles, whose history and inhabitants are well-documented, most of us know nothing about the people who lived in our homes before us.
Sometimes it’s best not to know, but Roger Tushingham has chapter and verse and he is keen to pass it on to whoever buys his house in the village of Bewerley, near Pateley Bridge.
He’ll start by explaining that the large rock inscribed with the words “God is Love” has stood outside Low Hole Bottom for more than 100 years and he’ll tell you it is a poignant memorial to a local hero.
Before the row of four cottages were converted into one large property, Benjamin “Bin” Hannam lived in the end house and standing at a stocky 6ft 5in, the lead miner had a reputation as the biggest and strongest man for miles around. When the local mine collapsed and began to flood, it was Bin who saved it and all the jobs that went with it, but the feat of endurance left him crippled.
According to local legend he