Thomas Preece, who later worked at Princess Royal Colliery during the Second World War, describes how his father, a sheep commoner helped him start his own flock. The tradition of sheep commoning and practices such as ‘hefting’ (or 'haunting') were passed from generation to generation.
Here Thomas remembers that sheep commoning was not exclusively a male occupation. His sister Gladys was regarded as a ‘good sheep badger’. Women and entire families helped with shepherding.