Wool tradition celebrated with return of sheep to Chichester market

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SHEEP will return to Chichester’s historic Market Cross after almost 150 years.

A flock of South Down sheep will be at the Market Cross on Saturday, April 6, as part of a week of wool-themed events at Chichester’s museum, The Novium.

Sheep would have been among the animals sold in the city centre in the past. The last recorded instance of this was in May 1870, before the busy animal market was relocated to just south of Eastgate Square.

In 1314, Chichester was one of only 12 cities in England given a charter to trade wool, which has always been one of Chichester’s most thriving industries.

Other events during the week include yarn bombing, wool spinning, and crafts.