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Driving sheep to the Hyde, Handcross
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Driving sheep to the Hyde, Handcross

This is the story of 200 sheep, 3 sheepdogs, 5 men, 1 Land Rover, and a boy; a superior version of “One Man and his Dog”.
There are no details attached to the series of photographs, but it seems that Bill Scott, farm manager on the Hyde estate, Handcross, has the task of driving some 200 sheep from somewhere in Warninglid to the Hyde on a cold and frosty morning.
The main picture was taken just south of Warninglid school where the grass verge on the left has since been replaced by a lay-by.
The Large Version shows the flock under full steam crossing the young River Ouse just south of Pondtail Farmhouse.
The concrete tank traps either side of the bridge seem more prominent in the photograph than they are today, but I assume the road has been built up since. I am not confident that they would have been much use had enemy tanks reached that point! Click again on the photograph for a close up.
The story continues on picture #1217.

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Picture added on 02 August 2014 at 12:31
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