Dear Edward Northumberland sheep aren't doing too badly you know and we have a wonderful mart in Hexham - just like Banbury! If you have a minute look it up on the web www.hexham-courant.com (the local rag) all the mart details are under the farming page and a column called "sheep clippings" - it will make youhomesick !
Thanks very much for the information on the maps - I will definitely have a look at the site, the historical maps could be very helpful especially trying to locate this farm in Salop.
Whereabouts are you now then - you say you're across the Atlantic ?There was me thinking you still lived in Halford.We sold a beautiful old three storey house there once when I worked for Savills - the old lady that owned it died.I have a feeling it was down by the church at the bottom of a dead end lane (does this make sense ?)
Do keep in touch yourself - there must be quite a few people and places we both know in that part of this very small world.
Let me know how you are getting on, you never know our Halfords may cross paths at some point.