“Long Steps - Glaisdale”
George Scarth with his wife Ann standing on 'Long Steps' at Glaisdale. He is holding a scythe or 'lye' whilst he lights his pipe.
To make the arduous task of mowing corn and hay easier the scythe needed to be kept razor sharp which was done using a 'Strickle' which can be seen in this photograph attached to the top of the scythe handle. A strickle was a square sectioned piece of wood which was coated with grease then dipped in fine sand. The blade of the scythe was then sharpened or 'whetted' with the strickle.