in Weird & Wonderful at in Haxey
06 January 2013 - 06 January 2013 (TBC)
06 January 2014 - 06 January 2014 (TBC)
Every January, the parish of Haxey engages in a curious custom called Haxey Hood, a rugby-like game and reputably the oldest local tradition in England. Attracting huge crowds, the objective is to push a leather tube to one of four pubs nearby.
Legend has it that Haxey Hood was conceived after Lady de Mowbray had her silk riding hood blown away while riding, some time during the 14th century. Thirteen farm workers in the field rushed to help and chased the hood all over the field, and as a token of her gratitude she donated 13 acres of land for the act to be re-enacted each year.
Nowadays villagers from throughout Haxey gather for an impassioned re-enactment of the original event, with huge swells of participants pushing and shoving in order to steer the hood to their desired pub.
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