You're viewing this item in the new Europeana website. View this item in the original Europeana.

Sheepwashing, Wellburn, Yorkshire

Sheep are usually washed before they are sheared for their wool in late June. Washing encourages the growth of new wool which lifts the fleece from the skin. The sheep were driven to a pool or stream and the men washing them would be up to their chests in water. Sacking and strong drink kept out the cold. Oil painting showing a pool of water surrounded by mature green trees. A large flock of sheep…