"Merrie England": Tim Walker Shoots English Folk Culture for Vogue UK July 2011. "The Hunting of the Earl of Rone" folk tradition. Each Spring Bank Holiday the Devon village of Combe Martin is consumed with the pursuit of a masked man wearing a necklace of sea biscuits. According to the legend, the prisoner is the second Earl of Tyrone, an Irish renegade who was shipwrecked in 1607 before being captured by grenadiers. In today's re-enactment he is shot at and drowned for our entertainment.
Strawboys - The true mummers go with their madcap revelry at Christmas and celebrate the winter solstice in the way of always. Strawboys in straw dress go out to weddings all through the year. Wrenboys go out on St. Stephen's night. It's important to know the difference.
Mummers Costume, 1829. Natural linen plain weave with appliques in fulled wool plain weave; wool fringe, cotton fringe, metallic lace, wool braid and tassel. Possibly made in Yorkshire, England. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA. More info: http://twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.com/2012/02/tom-fool-fashion-c-1829.html#
The Horn Dancers of Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire. The Horn Dance is the oldest dance in England. The horns are over 1000 years old and were brought by Vikings to England. Still danced every year in Abbots Bromley.
Hastings Traditional Jack-in-the-Green Festival. The Hastings Jack-in-the-Green festival was revived by Keith Leech in 1983 and is now one of the biggest annual gatherings of Morris Dancers in the country. The Jack is “released” every year and is central to the festival
Straw Bear Day Many of our modern holidays are based on ancient pagan traditions. Thankfully, we’ve edited out a lot of the violence and human sacrifice parts. One that manages to persist to this day is the Straw Bear. Originally a German tradition, one of the most interesting places to see a Straw Bear is the British town of Whittlesea on Straw Bear Day