Memories of St Ives in World War I from Norris Museum

 In Norris Museum

Memories of St Ives in World War I – taken from the oral history collection that we hold at the Norris……

…………..’The livestock market on Mondays was still a big event although the days when drovers brought their herds from Scotland on foot and rested at St Ives to fatten the beasts on surrounding pastures before going on to the London market were past. Local drovers herded cattle and sheep from farms into pens in the market. Pigs and poultry also arrived and waited in pens or cages to be auctioned. It was a noisy, colourful scene with Herbert Stevens carrying a large enamel jug to attend to cows that required milking and then proceeding to the poultry cages in search of eggs. All this was thristy work for man and beast, but the human need was well catered for! Farmers and auctioneers favoured The Golden Lion, while The White Hart, adjacent to The Pig Market enjoyed much patronage from the drovers. On Market Hill were The Lamb, The Parrot, The Cross Keys and The Robin Hood, Discretely there was The Temperance Hotel. Up the Needingworth Road, near the railway siding, where cattle trucks were shunted for cleaning, was The Prince of Wales Feathers. For the women from the villages the attraction of the Monday market was, and still is, the market stalls and the stall holders. Missing today are the medicine merchants with their pils and potions, the Strong Men, conjurers and other street performers.’ ……………

Norris Museum, St Ives

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