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Gerry Nichols

Gerry Nichols has lived near the Downs nearly all his life. On retiring he began researching the history of the Downs from the minutes of the Downs Committee since 1861, and he knows everything there is to know about how … Continue reading

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Gordon Milward

Gordon Milward was the Downs Ranger for thirty three years. His responsibilities included general management of the Downs, and implementing Downs Committee decisions. He retired in 2009 and now enjoys spending more time at home, and country walks.

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[audio: /wp-content/uploads/2011/12/commoners.mp3|autoplay=yes] John Cleverdon is a Downs commoner and has the right to graze sheep. He still asserts those rights every five years – albeit symbolically with some sheep from Bristol University. Gerry Nichols has researched the history of grazing … Continue reading

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