Annual Sheep Drive

One of the more arcane elements of Livery life is the annual Sheep Drive across the Thames.

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One of the more arcane elements of Livery life is the annual Sheep Drive across the Thames. This is organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen and commemorates the ability of all Freemen of the City of London to be allowed to drive their flocks, without paying the normal toll, over the Thames to get to market. Clearly not something that is wholly practical these days, but a colourful and amusing piece of City history.

2021 Master Richard Whitlock (2nd from rt) and Court Assistant Jeremy Finnis (rt), with their team of shepherds, ready for the drive
2021 Master Richard Whitlock (2nd from rt) and Court Assistant Jeremy Finnis (rt), with their team of shepherds, ready for the drive