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Sheep Seats

Sheep Seats

From the Welsh Black Mountain flock that graze our estate to the life-sized sheep that watch over our Baa Bar, sheep are synonymous with Thyme and are well and truly a part of our family.聽


"My husband Jerry suggested we call it 鈥楾he Baa' - and we loved that: it raises a smile every time."聽

CARYN HIBBERT

The History

Since Roman times, the Cotswolds have been intrinsically linked to sheep and their wool.聽Indeed, the name 'Cotswold' means 'sheep shelter'. The ancient honey-grey stone Manor聽houses, farms and villages which nestle among the rolling green hills were built with money聽made from the wool trade. Quintessentially English, they are steeped in history.

While聽Southrop聽Manor features in the Domesday Book of 1086, its history goes back beyond it,聽and the magnificent medieval Manor barns and farmhouses have found a new life as Thyme鈥檚聽鈥淰illage within a village鈥.聽

Sheep have grazed our water meadows and pastures for centuries and so the Thyme Sheep聽epitomise the farm and its beautiful old buildings.

The idea for the Thyme Sheep was born during the restoration of the barns while the bar was聽being created from the old lambing sheds. The Baa's sheep theme (which聽includes some wonderful paintings of sheep on the walls) exemplifies Thyme's ethos of being聽true to its history and maintaining its link to the land.聽

Our sheep seats are handmade in the Cotswolds by local craftspeople based at the Pangolin聽workshops in Chalford and upholstered by Richard James in nearby Nailsworth. The finishing聽touch is a solid silver ear tag by Kristina聽Charrington, identifying聽each individual聽with a Thyme聽Sprig and a unique identification code.

The classic design of our sheep is based upon the breeds of our two flocks: the large, white聽Cotswold, also known as Cotswold Lions, and the small, black Welsh Mountain.

Our sheep are handmade to order meaning every one is unique; no two models and fleeces are the same.聽