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Calne festivals

Festivals
Locality Calne
Vicinity 8 km ESE of Chippenham
Coordinates 51.439444444444, -2.0038888888889
Adm. div. Wiltshire
Began 1532
Ended 1532
Events Richard Som was Robin Hood
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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-05-08.

Record

[1532/33:]
Recd xxxviijs iiijd of Richd Som: beyng Robyn Whode anno xxiiij[1]

Source notes

"In all probability the proceeds of a collection made by 'Robin Hood' on May Day."[2] The amount xxxviijs iiijd (38s. 4d.) equals £1.92.

IRHB comments

This reference seems to have been overlooked by previous writers on pre-Restoration drama and the Robin Hood tradition.

In preceding and subsequent years there were church ales, king ales and choosing of a king and prince, the last church ale being in 1603.[3] The forthcoming REED volume on Wiltshire, being edited by Rosalind Hays, will very likely reveal new facts about Robin Hood festivals at this locality.

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Sources

Notes

  1. Marsh, A.E.W.; Brakspear, Harold; Goddard, E.H., introd. A History of the Borough and Town of Calne (Calne and London, [1903]), p. 369.
  2. Marsh et al. op. cit., p. 369 n. 4.
  3. Marsh et al. op. cit., pp. 368-73.