In the 1370's, the Lord
of Halesworth Manor, John de Argentein, decided to move into sheep
management and to extend his present flock. He was already using land
hitherto rented out because his accounts refer to income from 'grazing in Heyhoo, nothing, (now) grazed
by lords sheep
', and he built a new sheep shed and extended the
Laying elms in the Grange, making
lathes 7 days one man 4d a
day. (1.5p a day)
1 man hired one day covering said
building with lathes
2 men, one day throwing clay for
12 men, one day plastering sheep
1 thatcher, 8 days thatching said
(16.5p) a day,
(10¼p) a day.
Put in partition of
(17p) per day
Watling of said
Looking after the sheep required a good shepherd, for he not only
herded the sheep, he also looked after the new born lambs, helped with
the shearing and led the sheep on to fresh grazing. So the expenses
(35p) a year.
Butter for salving lord's
Guarding outsiders sheep staying
in fold field 3s.4d
Gift to Shepherd (for good
(3p) per annum.
A 13th century book on animal care gives a very useful piece of advice
to the shepherd of his day...
'Let him provide himself with a good barkable dog and lie nightly with