Barry Cockcroft

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This article is about the television director. For the Chief Dental Officer, see Barry Cockcroft (dentist).

Barry Cockcroft (born 1933, Rochdale, Lancashire - February 12, 2001) was a UK television documentary director, writer and producer. He is best known for his documentary Too Long A Winter about the spinster Hannah Hauxwell who lived alone on a remote farm in the Pennines.

A researcher at Yorkshire Television at its inception in 1968, he was making short films about people who lived in the Yorkshire Dales when he discovered Hauxwell. He went on to write best selling books about her and took her around Europe and to North America for further documentaries.

Another memorable documentary made by Cockcroft was A Romany Summer, featuring a family of Romani Gypsies travelling and living around York, dealing in horses and attending the Appleby Horse Fair.

Cockcroft died of Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) in St Ives, Cornwall on February 12, 2001, at the age of 67.[1]


  1. ^ Barry Cockcroft Profile at

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