Market Memories Now Part of Our Farming History

The foot-and-mouth outbreak that swept the UK at the beginning of 2001 changed the face of agriculture in Britain, bringing to an end places and events in the farming calendar that had lasted for centuries.

Masham Cattle Auction Mart was one such victim of the drastically changed commercial realities that followed on from the cattle culling epidemic.

In this monochrome photo-essay North Yorkshire photographer Henry Brown documents the last days of this former fixture on the regional farming scene.  His images captured the end of a much-loved and important institution as its 90 years of service to the local farming community came to a close.

This exhibition, in the Decisive Moment Gallery, Blanche Pease Annex, Darlington Arts Centre runs from February 26th to 9th April and is open on Tues, Thurs, Fri from 12 – 7 and Saturday 10 – 4.