The latest bridge was completed in 1972 (and doesn't it look like it was), and is a busy conduit of both traffic and commuters from London Bridge station on the south side to the City on the north side. One of the 'rights' of Freemen of the City of London is to drive their sheep over the Bridge - it was actually any livestock and the right was not to drive the animals but to not pay the resulting toll; sheep were most valuable - and hence the half remembered 'right'. As a Freeman of the City, at the 800 year anniversary of the mediaeval bridge I took the opportunity to lead my sheep on the bridge. It was a cold, wet day, memorable for the recalcitrant sheep and the smell of wet sheep (and dog).
|Driving my sheep|