There’s no doubt that the box shape, winged lambing chair was the most comfortable English armchair of its time. Produced c. 1750 – 1850 almost exclusively in the Lancashire and Yorkshire Dales, this chair would have taken pride of place by the fire, and probably would have been made to order by a cabinet maker or carpenter rather than the turner who would traditionally have made chairs at the time. This is evident from the many different designs and styles of the chair.
While not designed exclusively for lambing, there are many stories that suggest shepherds would use the chair at night to watch over their flocks. There’s even hearsay that newly born lambs would be kept warm in the drawer built in under the seat of the chair, stuffed with straw for extra warmth and comfort. Considering the regional origins of the chair, it is likely there is some truth in these stories.
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