Drovers and Tanners of Enfield and Edmonton, by J. Burnby
Published by the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society in 1988, 38 pages. A5 size booklet
This booklet is a fascinating short history of Droving and the Tanning industry in Edmonton and Enfield from the medieval period onwards...
Edmonton was an ancient hundred in the north of the county of Middlesex, England (A hundred was an old name for a small geographic area, perhaps referring to an area liable to provide a hundred men under arms, or containing roughly a hundred homesteads)
The hundred was listed in the Domesday Book in 1086, and contained the parishes and settlements of Edmonton, Enfield, Monken Hadley, South Mimms and Tottenham. Now of course the area has been swallowed up in the urban sprawl of London, and is spread over the London Borough's of Enfield, Haringey and Barnet
From the foreword: Over three hundred years ago, Thomas Fuller wrote when referring to leather, 'London therein is a staple place of slaughter, and the hides of beasts there brought are generally tanned about Enfield in this county'. As the centuries progressed both the occupations - the Drovers and the Tanners, diminished and finally passed from the scene in Edmonton and Enfield. Their dissapearence is scarcely to be regretted. Tanning is a noisome business.....
Condition of the booklet is generally good. The covers are clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. The booklet does have some bubbling throughout, and an old price printed on the front cover