Dorking the Town, Dorking the Chicken

An English town honors its heritage

Dorking the Town, Dorking the Chicken
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes American poultry owes a lot to its English roots. Heck, the American Poultry Association Standard has a whole classification of English breeds. My husband Gordon and I set out for England to visit Mudchute Farm and the Dorking Museum to connect with poultry fanciers there.  A farm in the city  Mudchute Farm, although it appears to be a village farm that has existed forever, was created in 1977. It’s a testament to the power of local people who insist on preserving local treasures. From a piece of derelict land that developers envisioned as a high-rise apartment building site, it is now a verdant retreat of rural peace, recognized by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust for its heritage livestock.  We climbed the steps into what felt like a secret garden.   Mudchute Farm is on the Isle of Dogs, an oxbow island formed by the River Thames in southeast London. Remember East Enders, an English television

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