On Sunday 29 September 20 sheep were herded across London Bridge invoking the ancient right to drive sheep across London Bridge without paying the toll.
Twenty sheep were taken across London Bridge as the lord mayor of the City of London exercised his ancient right to herd them across.
The unusual spectacle was organised to help raise money for the lord mayor's appeal and charitable trust. The last sheep drive, in 2009, raised £50,000.
Lord Mayor Alderman Roger Gifford a family member of a close friend of mine, is automatically entitled to the Freedom of the City, a largely honorary title.
Until 1835 anyone who carried a trade in the City of London was also granted the slightly more common title of freeman of the city, which also entitled them to take a flock of sheep across London Bridge without being charged a toll.
Other privileges included being allowed to be drunk and disorderly without being arrested and to carry a naked sword in public.
We crazy British no longer tend to carry naked swords, but we still can get very drunk and also drive sheep across London Bridge, stopping the Sunday traffic in the city for a short while to raise money for charity So, Six hundred freemen, friends and families and a flock of sheep gathered at 10am on Sunday 29 September and invoked the ancient right to drive sheep across one of London's most famous landmarks