John Thomas Forest of Dean Shepherd

Thomas, John and Deeks, Roger (2016) John Thomas Forest of Dean Shepherd. [Audio]

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Abstract

John Thomas has been a shepherd - or 'ship badger' - for sixty-five years. He was taught to common by his father when he was aged 10 years. He managed large flocks in various ‘runs’ across the Forest and combined this with work in the building trade. His wife Shirley played an important part in the enterprise. Photographs by Roger Deeks.

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Additional Information: By sufferance residents in the Forest of Dean are allowed to 'run sheep' or 'common' them. These local shepherds have traditionally been known as sheep or 'ship' badgers.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Commoners; commoning; sheep badger (colloquial expression for shepherd); Forest of Dean, England; Ship (colloquial expression for sheep)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Media > Music and Media
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Jason Griffiths
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2016 15:16
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 16:32
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3762

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