The Last Food of England
Lonk rams at home in the Pennines: three poseurs, inquisitive and unafraid. Their name is a Lancastrian cross between lanky and long, i.e. in the body, a characteristic of the breed. These are hill rather than mountain sheep, possibly of monastic origin. They have strong legs and feet, thick wool and take moderately harsh conditions, but need the bent grass and will not thrive on heather. A hornless cousin, developed in the nineteenth century, the Derbyshire Gritsone sheep, shares the Dale of Goyt with black cock and blue hare.

North of England October 2004