HM103 – Milk In Harbury

Mr R. Thornicroft, June 1985

(An interview asking Mr Thornicroft what life was like when he was a boy before WW1.  The interviewer and designer of the questions was a boy called Adrian, age 11)

 The price of milk was tuppence a pint in summer, tuppence ha’penny in winter.

It was much better and more nutritious than the milk we get today as it all came from one farm.  Today’s milk is collected from various farms and mixed up before being bottled.

There was no dairy in Harbury.  Mr Wincott from Deppers Bridge delivered to Harbury with pony and float with the milk in very large churns from which he ladled the milk into your jugs or bowls at your door.  So you were sure the milk was fresh, straight from the cows to your door.  Of course it often contained a little dust, or road grit, but who bothered about such trifles when it was good milk?  We all lived anyway!!

It was always possible to collect milk from any of the farms.   If you took a jug when the farmer was milking his cows he would often run some from the cow straight into the jug.   When the jug was filled you had to get out of the way quick as he would turn the cow’s teat and squirt you in the face with it.

I can remember about ten different people selling milk in Harbury.  They would often sell eggs as well; lovely big fresh eggs at one penny each.    THOSE WERE THE DAYS ADRIAN

All the best REJ