At this morning's talk for Upholland U3A, I was asked about the demise of the Milk Marketing Board, but I couldn't recall the year of its end. So, just to put the record straight, following deregulation in 1993, the Milk Marketing Board continued until 2002.
At a recent talk I spoke with Walter Whitfield. He told me that his father had been Matthew Whitfield who was a cowkeeper at 19 Browne Street, in Liverpool. Unfortunately, the dairy in Browne Street was bombed during the war, but the family relocated to Shropshire to farm there.
I also had a chat with Susan Sunderland and her family. Susan's mother used to work for Tom Parker, a hay and straw merchant located at the top of Smithdown Road, and she can recall the local cowkeepers (including the Hogg family) calling in to pay their bills.
At the end of my talk at the Lancashire Infantry Museum, Fulwood Barracks, Preston, earlier this year, someone had kindly brought with them documents relating to the Fawcett family of cowkeepers. With having so many people to chat to, I didn't make a note of your email address. Please do drop me a line as I'd love to find out more about this branch of the Fawcett family. Ta. Dave.
I recently had an enquiry from Ray Smyth about Greenbank's Dairy - Ray's father used to work for them as a driver. Here's what I've been able to discover:
Richard Greenbank (1846–1920) married Elizabeth Burton (1848-1904) in 1870.
Children: Elizabeth (b.1870); Mabel (1870-1952); William (1875-1955); Margaret Ellen (b.1876); Robert (1879-1885); and, Agnes (b.1883).
1881 – Farmer of 43 acres near Nateby.
1891 – 1/2 Carisbrooke Place, Liverpool. Cowkeeper.
1901 – Milk House, Bedford Road, Liverpool. Cowkeeper.
1911 – 36 Bedford Road, Liverpool. Cowkeeper and Milk Dealer.
Following Richard’s death (1920), the Bedford Road dairy was subsequently run by Mrs Lucy Ann Burns (1955 + 1964).
William Greenbank (1875-1955). Son of Richard. Born in Dent, died in Liverpool. William lived at home working with his father until he married Lucy Millward in 1905.
Children: Richard (1904-1904); Elizabeth Mary (1906-1974); William (1910-1974); Ivy (1914-1955); Richard Stanley (1915-1997); and Alan (b.1919).
1911 census – 72 Walton Village, Liverpool. Cowkeeper.
Any other information would be gratefully received. Ta. Dave.
Just wanted to say a big "thank you" to everyone who attended my talk at the Grassington Festival on Monday, especially to those who went to the trouble of bringing in their beautiful cowkeeping silverware to show me and also their cowkeeping ancestry to share with me - do keep in touch! I hope you all enjoyed the event as much as I did and, hopefully, you will enjoy reading my books equally as much. Thanks again. Dave.
Hi everyone. Just to draw to your attention my new email address: email@example.com
[After some 20 years or so, tesco.net is finally closing down - that's where I bought my first computer!]
Hi everyone. Just finished adding more info to my website. This time it is a couple of family histories and more lists of prize-winners at the various agricultural and cattle shows held in Liverpool in the 1800s.
One of the new family histories concerns the Capstick family of Sandy Lane Farm, Fazakerley. Much of the information I have about this family is contained in a folder, handed to me after one of my talks. Unfortunately, I didn't make a note of who it was who kindly donated this information. If it was you - please get in touch! Cheers, Dave.
Hi. I've just finished posting another cartload of Cowkeeping stuff on my website, including family histories, memoirs and photos. Many thanks to those who have contributed material.
If you have material that's suitable for creating an article about your cowkeeping ancestors, drop me a line and I'll see what we can do about adding it to the website. Ta. Dave.
I'll be selling/signing books in the Craft Marquee at this year's Royal Lancs Show being held at Salesbury Hall, Ribchester, Friday 11th - Sunday 13th August. See you there!
I've a table booked at the World Heritage Big Weekend event being held in St Georges Hall, Liverpool on 29th - 30th April. Will be there selling/signing books but hopefully will have time to attend one or two of the talks. If you are there too, come over and say hello. Dave.