1986 LIFE STYLES 1
The SHEPHERD has lived in a tied cottage at Shelvingford for 53 years. He was born at Grays Farm in the 1900's. For most of his life he worked with horses, becoming a shepherd in the 1950's when the farms became fully mechanised. as a child there were no metelled ROADS , and summer travel was in a cloud of white dust. No electricity,gas telephone, piped water or main drainage "lighting was by candle and oil lamp and there was not a car in the area. FARMS employed many more people than today, usually about 16 men or boys, with 10-12 women for the picking. There would be about 9 horses. Today two men plough 29 acres in a couple of hours. His family came from Ramsgate originally and the menfolk were sailors. He has loaned two fine ship models to the East Kent Maritime Museum as a result of survey.
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