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Drovers would probably have been drawn from the areas of origin of the beasts -in Scotland, Highlanders drove cattle down to the great fairs along the edge of the Highland line - any travelling further south would be taken by lowlanders who would also collect beasts from the lowlands and Southern Uplands if they were travelling into England.  There is a place in Lancashire, up on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, called Scotland Green - one theory is that it was stopping point for droves of cattle coming down from Scotland.

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From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Wood
Sent: 20 January 2010 10:50
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Porthmon Ffordd

Perhaps the welsh had a specialism as being drovers and that they were employed for their skills right across the country. A bit like the fact that Cornish tin miners were employed in digging the tunnels under the Palmerstonian forts on Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth.




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From: pmgb <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wed, 20 January, 2010 10:37:49
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Porthmon Ffordd

via hampshire? seems a bit of a long way round? unless these were welsh drovers working routes other than from Wales?

P

Nikki Cook wrote:
> Not lost....they were on their way to London.
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> Sent: 20 January 2010 10:28
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> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Porthmon Ffordd
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> I wonder what Welsh drovers would be doing in hampshire? Were they lost?
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> P G-B
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> lband wrote:
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>> Hello
>> New to these lists...
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>> I had a vague memory of  having one pointed out to me in Hampshire, so googled and here it is
>> http://www.hampshirescountryside.co.uk/site/what-to-see-and-do/towns-and-villages/stockbridge 
>> http://www.hampshire-information.co.uk/towns.asp?Town=Stockbridge
>> 
>> Perhaps not relevant to your needs, because it's on a route from Wales (there's still a sign in Welsh in the village) but thought I'd send the link anyway....
>> 
>> Lara Band
>> ('Underemployed' field archaeologist on the Åland Islands)
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>> Nicholson, Andrew wrote:
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>>> A colleague is looking for information on drove roads in England. We
>>> have information for Scotland, and the very north-west of England down
>>> to Appleby and Kirkby Lonsdale, but they are looking for further
>>> information on the routes down to Smithfield and East Anglia (where most
>>> of our 18th century cattle appear to have been sent).
>>> Trusting the list will come up trumps again.
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>>> With thanks
>>> 
>>> Andy
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