Plaisterers’ demonstrate craft skills at annual Wool Fair

Plaisterers’ demonstrate craft skills at annual Wool Fair

On a wet September Sunday the Plaisterers set up stall at the Annual Wool Fair that is run at the same time as the Woolmen’s Sheepdrive across London Bridge. A group of 10 Plaisterers’ Liverymen exercised their so called “right” to take sheep over London Bridge as freemen of the City of London. This was organised by the Woolmen’s Livery whose history is based on the sale of wool – the staple of the medieval English economy. At the same time, at the base of the Monument,  a thriving Wool Fair took place to show the skills of the many Livery Companies and provide some sheep and wool related retail opportunities.  Past Master De Bradshaw masterminded the event and Past Master Terry Wright ( a plasterer master craftsman) demonstrated the art of decorative plastering. The stall was constantly surrounded by interested people and children who were all delighted to see the process and resulting plaster decorations.  A running video showed numerous examples of decorative plasterwork including that of our own Hall during the rebuilding.  We sold many items all in aid of the Master’s charity – the Museum of London.