About a hundred years ago, a well known Mardalian and respected local
farmer Mr. William Martindale went missing without a trace, this is the
story as once told by a relative.
The person in question was Mr. William Martindale of Flake Howe farm
Mardale, he was a well to do farmer of middle age, widely known, his
family life was a happy one, with an affectionate wife and loving
children of which there were three young boys and a daughter.
He took what money he had in the coffers, which come to about fifty
pounds, and early one morning, simply mounted his horse and rode away,
never to be seen again.
His steed was found in a stable at Kendal, to get there might have taken
one of several routes, 1. via Nan Bield and through Kentmere, 2. via
Gatesgarth pass and through Longsleddale, or 3. and the longest route
via Bampton Shap and over the fells which would take many hours and the
most likely chance of being seen on the day.
If he was murdered soon after starting out, this would account for no
one seeing him, then why would his killer take his horse to Kendal.
If he was murdered shortly after arriving at Kendal, why would that
person take such a recognisable horse and sell it, he would be
identifiable for sure, again if this was a pre-planned disappearance,
what was that motive, and, again, why stable his horse instead of
Against the theory of a planned flight are the facts, that he loved his
life in Mardale, and no preparations was in evidence and that he left
his only substance of money and the comfort of existence behind him,
taking with him such an amount of cash that might seem reasonable for
any farmer of the day, who was likely to come across a good deal.
There are questions one would like to ask, what day was the horse
stabled, at which hotel, who took charge of the horse when it was handed
over, this person must have seen him or his killer, face to face.
By now most of the people around in those days have passed away,
there might be some relatives left around today, who might have special
information to help solve this old case, the old notes for the
enquiry might still be in existence today, they would most
definitely make very interesting reading.