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1st February 2018
THE GAURDIAN Anthony Hayward writes… Hannah Hauxwell, who has died aged 91, was living a harsh existence as a hill farmer in the Yorkshire Dales, without electricity or running water, when the 1973 television documentary Too Long a Winter turned her into a national celebrity. She was first seen leading her cow into its shed as a blizzard raged at Low Birk Hatt farm, 1,000ft up in Baldersdale. Two members of the film crew shielded the camera from the snow with their sheepskin coats while another held the tripod steady by lying flat in the drift. Hauxwell had lived in this remote spot next to the Pennine Way from the age of three and had farmed the 80 acres of the holding alone since the death of her uncle in 1961. She often saw no one for weeks at a time and lived on £5 a week. Once a month she collected a parcel of food basics from the nearest road, one and a half miles across fields, and she received two chickens a year. On the farm she had just the one milking cow and two...