Milkman carrying pails using yokes, Mitcham

Milkman carrying pails using yokes, Mitcham

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Area Mitcham
Copyright 1 London Borough of Merton
Picture Reference Mit_​TomFrancis_​Ln39
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Photographer / Origin of Photo Tom Francis
Notes / History At the time this photo was taken it was not uncommon for dairymen, who were considered unprincipled, to water their milk.

At this time a lot of village cow-keepers tended cattle that was turned out to graze on the common, and this cow-keeper/milkman was not an exception.

Although this was a very old tradition and practice that was defended by those who believed they had grazing rights, it was eventually brought to an end by the Common Conservators.

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