Alan Titchmarsh Is Herding Some Sheep Across London Bridge This Weekend, For Reasons

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London’s baa-miest tradition makes a return for 2018.

Way back in the 1100s, someone, who I suspect wasn’t listening properly, told the Worshipful Company of Woolmen that it was totally chill for them to take sheep across London Bridge, free of charge. A big deal, as London Bridge was really the only bridge in the game at that point.

Map of London 1300
Map of London 1300, via Wikipedia.

In more recent times, the Company had moved on from their shepherding days, until 2013, when they thought they’d check if they were still allowed. It was, and since then they’ve been flocking up the City on an annual basis.

Sheep herding London

Each year a member of the great and the good leads the proceedings, which raise money for charity. Last year, Bake-Off queen (#neverforget) Mary Berry led the woolly horde. For 2018, the sheep are being herded by gardener extraordinaire – and part-time erotic fiction writer – Alan Titchmarsh.

The pride of Yorkshire will lead the assembled sheep across London Bridge this Sunday, September 30th. The sheep will be ambling back and forth across the bridge from 10am to 5pm, although we don’t expect Alan to give up the entirety of his Sunday to oversee them. There’ll also be a wool market taking part by The Monument, featuring more woollen goods than you can shake a crook at. Get yourself a nice cardi for autumn, pet.

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Guy Parsons

Guy Parsons

Guy is the editor-in-chief of Secret London. He likes running, cover versions and scotch.