Drove Roads of Northumberland

Overview

Droving has been hugely important in shaping farming practice across Northumberland for 1,000 years or more. The necessity of transporting sheep and cattle has changed the landscape, developed the roads and buildings, and at one time, animals would be herded from as far a field as Scotland and Ireland. Today the scene is very different but the legacy of the drovers can still be seen and enjoyed all over the region. Local archaeologists Ian Roberts, Alan Rushworth, and Richard Calrton have been determined to ...

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Overview

Droving has been hugely important in shaping farming practice across Northumberland for 1,000 years or more. The necessity of transporting sheep and cattle has changed the landscape, developed the roads and buildings, and at one time, animals would be herded from as far a field as Scotland and Ireland. Today the scene is very different but the legacy of the drovers can still be seen and enjoyed all over the region. Local archaeologists Ian Roberts, Alan Rushworth, and Richard Calrton have been determined to preserve this history on behalf of the Northumberland National Park Authority. Following the development of droving in Northumberland from prehistoric times, through Middle Ages, the eighteenth century and right up to date, they offer the definitive history of this significant activity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752442303
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian RobertsAlan Rushworth, and Richard Carlton are archaeologists for The Archaeological Practice Ltd, specializing in carrying out and reporting on archaeological and historical research for private, corporate, and public clients. They have been determined to preserve the history of droving and embarked on The Drovers Project on behalf of the Northumberland National Park Authority.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Illustrations 7

1 Introduction 9

2 Sources of Evidence 12

3 Pastoralism and Droving Before 1700 20

4 Droving in Northumberland from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century 53

5 Droving in the Twentieth Century: Local Events and Personal Recollections 81

6 What to See and Do: Remains of Droving 89

7 Conclusions and Topics for Further Research 131

Appendix 1 Inquisitions Post Mortem relating to the Redesdale Liberty 135

Appendix 2 The Newminster Charters relating to Kidland 142

Appendix 3 Northumberland Fairs 145

Appendix 4 Selected Stock Returns for Five Northumberland Parishes 149

Appendix 5 The Oral History Project-Background Information 151

Appendix 6 Source Material in the Northumberland County Record Office 152

Bibliography 154

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