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For several centuries the movement of cattle (and sheep) from Scotland and Ireland, through Carlisle, to much of England was a major business with the animals driven along a network of ‘drove roads’ to fairs where they were sold on to dealers and butchers. Four major, regular cattle fairs were held in North Craven.

This presentation discusses the droving trade – who was involved, how it operated, why was it done and how was it financed.