1951: Shepherds in the mountains of Wales gather their flocks for shearing

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Life in the epicenter of sheep shearing
11th August 1951: Snowdonia sheep farmer, Pyrs Williams, with his flock, at Hafod-y-Llan. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: Sheep farmer Pyrs Williams with some helpers on his farm at Hafod-y-Llan in Snowdonia, Wales. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: A shepherd with his flock at Hafod-y-Llan in Snowdonia. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: A flock of sheep manoeuvre their way around a parked car on their way down the slopes of Snowdonia, at Hafod-y-Llan, Wales. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub.1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: A farmer and his dogs high up in Snowdonia, seek out sheep for shearing. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: Sheep being herded into slate-walled yards, where they will be shorn, washed and dipped during the shearing season in Hafod-y-Llan, Wales. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: Sheep in Hafod-y-Llan, Snowdonia, Wales. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: Shearers using hand clippers in Snowdonia in Wales. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: Sheep living on Hafod-y-Llan are shorn by hand as mechanical shears crop the coat too short for the local climate. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: Sheep living on Hafod-y-Llan are shorn by hand as mechanical shears crop the coat too short for the local climate. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: Welsh sheep farmers shear the sheep from the Snowdonian mountainsides. The task is made especially hard, as the sheep cannot be sheared when wet and nor can machine shears be used, as they would cut too close for the cold mountain climate. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - Pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
A lent labour arrangement operates among the sheep farmers of Snowdonia for the task of sheep shearing. The sheep shearing can only be done during dry spells as it is not possible to cut a wet fleece. The Picture Post photographer, Grace Robertson, was sent to record the shearing and this shot shows a farmer working with hand clippers because a shearing machine cuts the coat too close for the cold mountain climate. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
11th August 1951: Sheep farmer Pyrs Williams takes the fleece from the sheep with hand clippers on his farm in Hafod-y-Llan in Wales. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub.1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: Welsh sheep shearer Pyrs Williams resting with his dog at Hafod -y-Llan in Snowdonia. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
Sheep being thrown into the stream in Hafod y Llan, Snowdonia, 11th August 1951. Original Publication : Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: Sheep-dipping during the shearing season in Hafod-y-Llan, Wales. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
11th August 1951: A sheep shearer taking a break from his work on a farm in Snowdonia. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5377 - Shearing Time In Snowdonia - pub. 1951 (Photo by Grace Robertson/Picture Post/Getty Images)
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Named for Snowdon, the country’s highest peak, the Welsh region of Snowdonia is a land of open, mountainous terrain and glacially carved valleys.

With climate and soil unsuitable for most agriculture, the area has been a center for sheep farming for centuries.

In 1951, the same year that the Snowdonia region was designated as a national park, Picture Post photographer Grace Robertson documented shepherds as they gathered their flocks from the mountainsides for the late-summer shearing.

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