William Crump first spoke about his observations on hill farming in Calderdale in a lantern lecture in Hebden Bridge in 1913 and The Little Hill Farm was published in 1951. It is the work of an informed scientific observer whose deep, wide-ranging knowledge perceived the totality of the local environment, from its geology, ecology, and history through to its current population and their working practices. His descriptions and observations on the way of life of the early twentieth century hill farmer are as informative and relevant as ever, and it remains an essential and rewarding source for everyone interested in the upper Calder Valley. The original edition has long been out of print and difficult to obtain, so this new edition enables it to be widely enjoyed and appreciated by new generations of visitors and residents of the area.
Whilst retaining the original wording of the text, some corrections and improvements have been made to enhance its appearance and readability for a modern audience. Full referencing and indexes have also been added. The original illustrations have been rendered in colour by Peter Brears who has also provided an introduction to William Crump and his work.