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Hempton Sheep Fair

Many a flock of curly-horned rams and golden-fleeced ewes, of various breeds and colour, at the last Hempton Sheep Fair, in September 1969.

Amateur film 1969 4 mins Silent

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Formerly the largest sheep fair in the country, Hempton Sheep Fair was held annually on Hempton Green on the first Wednesday in September. This footage is likely to show the very last sheep fair in 1969, where 1,026 sheep were offered for sale. Amongst the flocks of lambs, ewes, and rams, are the villagers, auctioneers and buyers. Hempton lies about a mile to the south-west of Fakenham, and its main feature still is its enormous village green, now popular with dog-walkers.