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A Visit from Harcourt Rare Breeds

At the October meeting of the Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers we were joined by Harcourt Rare Breeds, whose flock are split between Market Bosworth, in the Midlands, and Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers November Meeting

The Harcourt flock of native traditional and rare breed sheep, come from the Portland, Leicester Longwool, Border Leicester Greyface Dartmoor, Hebridean and Coloured Ryeland sheep breeds.

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers November Meeting

Guild members heard from Shaun of Harcourt Rare Breeds about his flock, and took advantage of the opportunity to buy yarn and fleece.

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers November Meeting

There was also lots of spinning, knitting, and a little lacemaking, taking place.

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers November Meeting

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers November Meeting

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers November Meeting

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers November Meeting

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers November Meeting

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers November Meeting

Birmingham Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers November Meeting

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A Trip to Harcourt Rare Breeds

Harcourt Rare Breeds

On Bank Holiday Monday, six members of the Guild took the opportunity to visit Harcourt Rare Breeds. The Harcourt flock is split over two sites, with one of those sites relatively local to  Birmingham Guild in Market Bosworth, and the other in Harrogate.

Harcourt Rare Breeds

Harcourt Rare Breeds

The Midlands flock is housed in fields behind the house of owner Shaun, so it was very kind of Shaun to welcome members of the Guild into his home for a generous lunch, and into his garden to meet the sheep.

Harcourt Rare Breeds

Harcourt Rare Breeds

Harcourt Rare Breeds

Suitably enough, to reach Harcourt Rare Breeds we traveled through the parish of Sheepy, which contains the villages of Sheepy Magna and Sheepy Parva. As you can guess from their name, Harcourt specialise in rare breed British sheep; Border Leicester, Leicester Longwool, Portland, Hebridean, Coloured Ryland, and Greyface Dartmore.

Harcourt Rare Breeds

Harcourt Rare Breeds

Harcourt Rare Breeds sell both fleeces and prepared yarn. The spinners amongst us purchased fleece, and two Guild members bought skeins of yarn. Shaun also gave each of us a goodie bag of fleece! The photos below shows Leicester Longwool fleece, alongside prepared yarn from the flock.

Harcourt Rare Breeds

There are quite a few lambs in the flock currently, and one came into the house to visit us to our delight.

Harcourt Rare Breeds

Shaun will be attending the October 2016 Guild meeting to talk about Harcourt Rare Breeds, and will be bringing fleece and yarn for sale.