The mid-1800s witnessed a mass exodus from the Pennine `Dales' as the then latest generation of farmers and miners sought a new life in the New World. However, many of these found a new life for themselves a bit closer to home - they became Liverpool Cowkeepers, keeping cows in their back yards and selling milk to a rapidly expanding city population with an insatiable need for fresh food.
The Liverpool Cowkeepers became part of the life and economy of the city and continued to serve its people for over a hundred years. They overcame many challenges and survived through hard work, good Yorkshire business nous and the ability to adapt. They started out as farmers, adapted to become city cowkeepers and then adapted again to become suburban milkmen - part of the best doorstep food delivery service in the world and a key part of the British way of life.
Dave Joy draws on his own family history to tell the story of the lives and times of the Liverpool Cowkeepers. The Joy family came from the upper Wharfedale valley in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and established cowhouses in the Liverpool districts of Wavertree and Garston. They continued in this way of life for several generations, becoming one of the city's last cowkeeping families.
Dave Joy BA, MA is a former local government executive officer. He spent his childhood at Wellington Dairy, the family-owned milk business in Garston, Liverpool. Since retiring, he has written various books, articles and blogs on different aspects of his family history and is a very popular public speaker.