Ryeland sheep are amongst the oldest of the established British sheep breeds. Although the exact origins of the Ryelands are lost in the mists of time it is believed that they were derived from the Spanish Merino. The breed was developed in the area surrounding Ross-on-Wye and was highly-prized for its fleece. The Fair Close Ryeland flock has been in Wolvercote, Oxford, for more than ten years, pastured on land owned by St Edward's School. It is currently a mixed flock of white and coloured Ryelands.
We use the fleeces from our small flock to produce fine wool products - including throws in three sizes, wraps and scarves which we sell at local markets and in Wolvercote's village shop The Post Box. You can also request details online. Our products are made using 100 per cent pure undyed wool and make ideal gifts for special occasions.