A fascinating conversation about people's memories of cowkeepers and dairymen followed my talk at Dingle Mount Church yesterday afternoon. The Foster family who originated from Sedbergh and owned a dairy in Quarry Street and Newstead Farm in Woolton were fondly remembered. Whaite's in Smithdown Road, Peel's in Princes Road/Mill Street, Smith's in Grierson Street and the Mansergh family all got a mention. Someone had sons who worked for Hogg's Dairy, delivering milk. Someone else was descended from the Lea family, who farmed in Nantwich, but whose family went bankrupt in 1873 when there was an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. These Cheshire dairy farms supplied milk to Liverpool and Manchester via the railways. Thanks to all at Dingle Mount Church for a lovely afternoon.
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