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London Milk Trail, The

Manylion a Disgrifiad y Llyfr | Book Details & Description

  • ISBN: 9781845275518
  • Megan Hayes
  • Publication September 2015
  • Format: Paperback, 215x138 mm
This is the story of the dairy industry in London. Between the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, many families from Wales - especially from Ceredigion - moved to London in search of a better life due to the harsh conditions of life on their smallholdings, following a route already pioneered by drovers and cattlemen.

Further Information:
The milk walk - where the Welsh made their mark in London, the largest and oldest Welsh community outside Wales. Over the centuries, people from Wales have taken their cattle to London along the long, drovers roads, they have established dairies in the city, which have in turn led to grocer shops and one or two well-known department stores as well.
In this book, Megan Hayes tells the story of the Welsh and their milk in London, concentrating mainly on the largest group of Welsh people to leave for the city, those of her native Cardigan. She tells how the Welsh contributed so much to the city, sharing Welsh traditions and heritage as well as Welsh milk and butter.
It’s a story of adventure, risk, hardship and success.
‘This is a tale of exceptionally hard work, modest lifestyles and innovative businesses…they gambled everything on a risky journey from so many impoverished places, to build new life in London.’
Huw Edwards