Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Lord Of Misrule

With its origins in the Roman festival of Saturnalia, the tradition of inverting the normal order of things thrived in mediaeval and Tudor Britain. For a number of days in December, a person of low rank would be appointed ruler … Continue reading

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To The Mop Fair

Michaelmas Day is the 10th of October, and hiring fairs were often held on or around this date. Labourers and servants would dress in their best clothes and go to the town centre, where the local landowners would also congregate.  … Continue reading

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Running Down The Line (Mallard’s Story)

On the 3rd of July, 1938, the class A4 steam locomotive Mallard left Barkston Junction on a world speed record attempt. After being slowed by unexpected works near Grantham, driver Joseph Duddington and fireman Thomas Bray (no relation, as far … Continue reading

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Shick Shack

Following his defeat at Worcester in 1651, Charles II had to flee England in disguise. During this long and dangerous escape, he spent a day hiding in an oak tree while Parliamentarian soldiers searched the surrounding woods. On the 29th … Continue reading

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The Barrel Rollers Of Ottery St Mary

Every 5th of November, the town of Ottery St Mary in Devon hosts a unique and breathtaking spectacle: townspeople charging through the crowded streets with burning barrels on their shoulders. The barrels are lined with tar and filled with straw … Continue reading

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Farewell, My Lammas Love

Lammas Day, the 1st of August, was traditionally the start of the harvest, when the first wheat was cut and made into loaves that would be given to the church to thank God for the crops. During the period of … Continue reading

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