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Edward Hart

Published on 15th February 2011

Edward HartLong-time Guild member Edward Hart died peacefully at hospital early February following a stroke. He was 86. A private cremation has been held but plans are being laid for a public tribute at which his Guild colleagues and friends would be able to pay their respects and remember a prolific author and journalist.

Edward is pictured right at the 2010 Great Yorkshire Show where he received a long service award and below at a book signing on the RABI stand with fellow author Roscoe Howells in 2006.


Hart & Howells

An obituary is published online on the Daily Telegraph website and Edward’s fellow Guild member Robert Benson, former agricultural editor of the Yorkshire Post, has kindly provided the following:

Edward Hart contributed to numerous publications, including the Daily Telegraph and Horse & Hound, but was probably best known as writer of the farming diary, The Year Round, in the Yorkshire Post.

An expert on sheep and heavy horses, he was also the author of 30 books on rural topics.

Edward grew up at Strensall, near York, grandson of a farmer, left school at 17 and went to work on a dairy farm at Harrogate. Eight years and several farms later he put down £800 on 154 acres, at Fair Hill, Bilsdale, in the North York Moors. He ran sheep and cattle there for 12 years.

Meanwhile, had had discovered another vocation – writing. He became a regular contributor to the Yorkshire Post and in 1965 launched ‘Year Round’ with the then agricultural correspondent of the paper, Derek Foster. The column is based on the rotating diaries of a set of five real-life farming families.

For 45 years Edward would call one of his ‘stable’ of farmers every week to hear of their successes and failures and phone in his report. It was read avidly by both farmers and townspeople, the sharing of setbacks by the farmer contributors being part of the column’s appeal.

His run of contributions to the Yorkshire Post was honoured last year by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society – organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show – for long service to agriculture.

Edward was married and divorced twice and has two children from his first marriage to the late Eileen Grime. Their daughter Sally Hulley lives at Hawes in Wensleydale and his son Matthew is an oil technician and lives in Aberdeenshire. His second wife Audrey was a dog trainer who worked with the BBC’s Blue Peter programme. She still lives in North Yorkshire.

In recent years Edward had lived near Ludlow, Shropshire, where he ran a book business with his friend, Claudia Steel.

Guild members can send in their own tributes and recollections by emailing here.

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