Cries of London - Milk Maids

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    The picture is called Milk Below Maids. - Milk sold at this time was more than likely fresh, if of doubtful purity, for the cowmen kept their cows in hovels in the metropolis itself. It is thought that about 8,000 cows were housed in this way. Teh milkmaids milked the animals early in the morning, and also later in the day. The cry Milk Below Maids was directed to the servants living in the basements of houses. Later in the nineteenth century, the cry became Milk Below! being shortened even more into the modern milkman's Milko!.

    Although each call was probably quite individual this is one of them;
    Milk Below Mainds! Will you buy any milk today Mistress? Any milk today Mistress? Will you have any milk maids? Milk Below!

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