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DOG POWER

Dogs were sometimes used to drive spits in kitchens of large houses. Meat was put on spits in front of a fire and turned to cook them evenly. There was a dog wheel in the kitchen of the Castle, St Fagans, now the Museum of Welsh Life. Thomas Rowland drew a dog wheel in an inn at Newcastle Emlyn in 1796.

One visitor to Wales in 1790 noticed that at the Ivy Bush in Carmarthen, foxes used to turn the spit when the dogs are tired.

The diary of Frances Nicholson, NLW MS15190C, 16.7.1790

ROASTING SPIT

ANIMAL POWER