ROYSTON VASEY NOTES AND NEWS
My father always said that Penistone was the coldest place in England, and that Penistone Station was the coldest place in Penistone. I’m not inclined to disagree with him, having shivered on the platform many a time. Even colder than the station though is Penistone Moor. By breeding from the sheep that were tough enough to survive a Penistone winter a particularly hardy sheep has evolved, The Penistone.
When Skinner Normanton took his expedition to the South Pole in search of the ill fated Scott expedition he took along a small flock of Penistone sheep. During the day they hauled the sledges and at night they snuggled up with the crew keeping them warm. I think there was originally an intention to use them as food but when it came to it they just could not eat someone they had been snuggled up the previous night. All the sheep came back except poor Ogwen who fell into a deep crevasse . The sheep went back onto Penistone Moor though Skinner told my father “Poor little buggers wish they were back at South Pole, it were a sight warmer there”
A real tough Yorkshire breed