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Our Shropshire wool is wonderfully consistent with very little kemp. It's bulky and bright nature lends itself perfectly to dyeing, spinning and felting.
The Shropshire breed is classified as a fine breed. The breed traces back to the early 19th Century with records showing the breed originating from the West Midlands, UK. This hardy looking breed creates a brilliantly white wool and is famed for use in cloth and knitwear throughout Europe.
In the 1840s in the hills of Shropshire, England, progressive sheep breeders began to cross the native black-faced sheep with improved Southdown, Leicester, and Cotswold sheep to develop a medium sized, dual-purpose breed that became known as Shropshires. The popularity of the Shropshire breed rose dramatically and in 1859 the Royal Agricultural Society recognized them as a distinct breed.