Doveholes

 

We know very little about this stopping place. We only suspect that Travellers camped in Dove Holes because of a single birth recorded there on 16th May 1876.

 

The record is for Samson Boswell who was a member of the Boswell family of Travellers. The abode of his parents, Makenzy and Matilda is given as 'Doveholes, Fairfield'. His baptism took place at Fairfield. Makenzy's occupation is given as 'basket and chair bottom mender' - a common profession for Travellers and one that Makenzy could have easily gathered materials for while travelling through the Peak District. He would have needed a ready supply of 'osier' willow and hazel which he could have gathered at any number of places.

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