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Sun, 24 Sept



Southwark Bridge Sheepdrive 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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Southwark Bridge Sheepdrive and livery fair
Southwark Bridge Sheepdrive and livery fair

Time & Location

24 Sept 2023, 10:00 – 16:00

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

About the event

Sheep Drive

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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