Our next meeting:

How Dales Farmers Became City Cowkeepers and Suburban Milkmen

An illustrated talk by Dave Joy on Wednesday 30th March, 7.30 p.m.
at the Olive Mount Community Centre, Edgewell Drive, Liverpool L15 8GG

The mid-1800s witnessed a mass exodus from the Pennine Dales. Farmers and miners sought a new life - some in the New World, but others closer to home. Many of the former farmers became Liverpool Cowkeepers, selling milk to a rapidly expanding city population. The cows kept in Liverpool back yards became part of the life and economy of the city and continued to serve its people for over a hundred years. The cowkeepers overcame many challenges, and survived through hard work, good Yorkshire business nous and the ability to adapt. They later became suburban milkmen - part of the best doorstep food delivery service in the world and a key part of the British way of life.

Dave Joy draws on his own family history to tell the story of the lives and times of the Liverpool Cowkeepers. The Joy family came from the Upper Wharfedale valley in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and established cowhouses in Wavertree and Garston. In this illustrated talk, Dave will share with us the tell-tale clues left behind by this fascinating aspect of local and social history. His book - 'My Family and Other Scousers' - is a memoir of his childhood spent at Wellington Dairy, the family-owned, horse-drawn milk business in Garston. The book will be available for sale at the end of the talk.

All welcome - Admission free - Donations invited

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The IMAGES at the top of this page are
© COPYRIGHT Dave Joy (left) and Frank Smallpage (right)

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