Thomas Preece, shepherd, commoner and ex-collier

Preece, Thomas and Deeks, Roger ORCID: 0000-0003-3012-8913 (2016) Thomas Preece, shepherd, commoner and ex-collier. [Audio] (Unpublished)

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Thomas Preece began helping his father shepherd sheep on the Forest from when he was a small child. At the age of fourteen he had his own flock of sheep. He combined commoning with working at the Princess Royal Colliery after he was conscripted as a Bevin boy during the Second World War. He continued as a collier for twelve years until he became a full time commoner and farmer on land acquisitions in the Bream area. At one point he had extensive numbers of sheep grazing on Forest waste and maintained one of the largest flocks on the Forest. He commoned through the 1967 Foot and Mouth disease outbreak, but gave up after the 2001 epidemic. He is a widow and has two sons. He continues to keep about 100 ewes at his farm in Saunders Green, near Bream (2016).

Item Type: Audio
Uncontrolled Keywords: Commoning. Forest of Dean. sheep. shepherding. coal mining
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Jason Griffiths
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 10:33
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 19:34

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