The Liverpool Cow-Keepers - talk

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  • Date and time

    Tuesday 10 September 2019 14:00 - 15:30
  • Price

    £1.50 members. £2 non-members
  • Location

    Brookdale Club, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 3AB


East Cheshire National Trust Association lecture.

The mid-1800s witnessed a mass exodus from the Pennine Dales. Farmers and miners sought a new life. Some went to the New World, but others stayed closer to home. Many former farmers became Liverpool Cow-keepers, selling milk to a rapidly expanding population.

The cows, which were 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 Cow-keepers overcame many challenges, and survived through hard work, good Dale’s business nous and the ability to adapt. Later, they 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 Cow-keepers. The Joy family came from the Upper Wharfedale Valley in the beautiful Yorkshire dales and established cow-houses in the Liverpool districts of Wavertree and Garston.