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Sun, 24 Sept



Sheep Drive and livery fair

A great family day out in support of two fantastic causes. All proceeds from the annual Sheep Drive & Livery Fair are in aid of The Woolmen Charity and The Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

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Sheep Drive and livery fair
Sheep Drive and livery fair

Time & Location

24 Sept 2023, 10:00 – 16:00

London, Southwark Bridge Rd, London EC4R 3TE, UK

About the event

There are probably as many theories and legends about the  right to drive sheep over London Bridge as there are livery companies.  The original Guilds controlled standards of work and the suitability of  tradesmen to be apprenticed to a master.

In medieval  times, sheep farmers drove their sheep across London Bridge into the  City of London to sell them at market. Freemen of the City were excused  the bridge toll that had to be paid by other people crossing the bridge,  in recognition of their status as local traders.

It is not clear  when the last sheep were driven across London Bridge to market, but the  widespread introduction of motorised vehicles in the early 20th century  would have signalled the end of the practice, if it had not already  ceased. The tradition of driving sheep across London Bridge has regained  interest in recent years.

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