From about 1932 Greenland and Manor farms were tenanted by Thomas Knowles and his family who had come from Arkendale near Boroughbridge. They were probably related to George Knowles who had been a labourer thirty years earlier for Thomas Murtland, a previous tenant of Greenland Farm.
In 1942 Fred, the eldest son of Thomas Knowles, married the daughter of a Water Haigh miner who had himself migrated from Wales. Fred went on to run Greenland Farm and his brother, Ronald, took over Manor Farm. Both had strong working relationships with Sadler’s piggery which had been established in a disused quarry off Quarry Hill.
After serving in the army, another brother Cecil, who went by the name of Cyril Knowles, became a professional wrestler and promoter. After his death his daughter, Wendy, accepted a lifetime achievement award at a professional wrestlers’ reunion at the Harold Hall in Oulton in March 2011.
Click on the links below to hear Fred Knowles’ son David, who was born in 1945, talk about farm life and the thriving bus and transport business his father built up.