Roads, Railways and Canals:
In February 1857, a James Missenden stated at the Old Bailey "I recollect the 8th November. I employed Hickmott to take some beasts from Leighton to Harrow Station. There were thirty-three bullocks and heifers in the first drove; I sent him with them. I sent forty-nine bullocks and heifers with another drove; no one was sent with them; the boy was to see the first lot off safe and then wait at the Harrow station for the other. A third lot was sent on the 11th November. I sent eighteen bulls from Bletchley station". Ironically, with the coming of the railways and the resultant collapse of the stage-coach traffic, the toll charges on roads were reduced, resulting in some Welsh drovers returning to the turnpiked roads and paying the charges, because they could now make more rapid progress on the main routes to market.

The Hockliffe/Stoney Stratford Turnpike 1706 - 1780 (G K Tull in the Milton Keynes Journal.)
www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.
The Welsh Cattle Drovers. R J Colyer (1976)
www.bl.uk (Welsh drovers Glasgow Herald 1869)

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