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Offline howard

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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2013, 17:03:50 »
Thanks again everyone.

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Re: Looker
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2013, 11:49:06 »
A Looker was a Shepherd, so called because he looked after sheep.

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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2013, 19:20:06 »
Thanks everyone. There are lookers cottages around the Sandwich area where I live. I wonder if this is just a name given to a farm workers cottage around here?

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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2013, 18:44:16 »
I've since done a search, and have seen a mention that a lot of them were tin huts...interesting.
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2013, 18:34:21 »
Looker's places weren't also cottages, often they were a kind of tin shed on wheels that was towed about the marshes/grazing fields.
The last one that I saw used to be in a field on Sheppey, close to the Kingsferry Bridge in the 1960's.

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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2013, 18:07:39 »
Thanks for that, I've learnt something.  :)  I saw a `looker' house mentioned somewhere that was next to some Coastguards houses, so `assumed' that it was connected.  Assumption is never a good thing!  :)
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Re: Looker
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2013, 16:30:52 »
Lookers Lane in Saltwood is named after the shepherd.

Also see the link below:-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/countryside/5015421/Romney-Marsh-lookers-a-thing-of-the-past.html

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Re: Looker
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2013, 16:22:49 »
A Looker was someone who lived out on the marshes at Romney Marsh and North Kent looking after the sheep.

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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2013, 15:22:45 »
Not 100% sure but I think they came under the Coastguards quite a way back.  In the early days they had `Lookers' to watch out for the smugglers coming ashore with their booty.

I am sure someone will come in and correct me if I am wrong. :)
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Looker
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2013, 15:05:08 »
There are a number of 'Lookers cottages' around. Can anyone tell me what a 'Looker' did please?

 

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