Gwen Bertlesman was a remarkable woman who, during the 1940s and 1950s, recorded everyday life in the Lake District through the lens of her camera. The result is this amazing collection of photographs, donated to the Friends of the Lake District, which show exactly what life was like in the villages, fields and fells of the Lake District in those distant days during and just after the Second World War. Published here for the first time, Gwen's photographs offer a unique insight into the lives of the Cumbrian farmers and villagers in those dark times. Women were enlisted as members of the Land Army to work in the fields, and horsepower still meant exactly what it said, before the days of wholescale mechanisation on the farms. It is a unique portrait of a time when, not so long ago, the pace of life was slower and not governed by computer screens, stress and pressure. Only the fells remain unchanged. This collection was edited and captioned by Martin Varley, Assistant Policy Officer for the Friends of the Lake District.