Originates from circa. 1880 by cross breeding different breeds of chicken, with further cross breeding in 1913 to produce what we have today. This breed of chicken was thought to be extinct, but in 1971 a flock was found in Somerset, however the different colours had been interbred probably to avoid in-breeding.
They come in several colours but they all should have the rose comb, white earlobes and green legs. Present day colours are brown, wheaten and buff. Black and white are quite rare, possibly extinct. Good egg producers, hardy and long-lived.