April '18: David Joy - 'Liverpool Cowkeepers'


The Liverpool cow houses were home to over 4,000 cows, providing local people with fresh milk and cheese. The practice peaked in the early 1900s when there were 900 establishments across the city.

David Joy’s talk tells the story of the Pennine Dales farmers who, in the mid-1800s, rode the wave of the Industrial Revolution and relocated to Liverpool to keep cows in their backyards to sell fresh milk to the city's growing population. The history of the cowkeepers is illustrated using material from David's own family history and is followed right up until the 1960s, when a way of life that had lasted for more than a hundred years, finally came to an end.