It is fair to say that visitors to London visit and enjoy many of its attractions, however one of the joys of the capital is that you come across weird and wonderful events all throughout the year.
One of the stranger events is the Annual Sheep Drive across London Bridge organised by The Worshipful Company of Woolmen. This illustrious Livery Company was in the past responsible for overseeing wool merchants and ensuring industry standards. Today the company aims promote the wool industry and interest in wool, wool products, sheep farming, shearing, wool production and textiles and design.
In more recent times, The Worshipful Company of Woolmen have organised the Annual Sheep Drive across London Bridge which allows Freemen of the City of London to undertake one of the major perks of their position and practice their ancient right to drive sheep over London Bridge. The drive is undertaken for a number of charitable causes and usually is open by a well known celebrity, this year it was one of Britain’s favourite presenters, Alan Titchmarsh.
Although it is considered a fun event, driving sheep over London Bridge by Freemen of the City is a tradition that goes back more than 800 years. It is also a reminder of the importance in the past of London Bridge which was for centuries, the city’s only river crossing and trading route.
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