Calne festivals

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Locality Calne
Vicinity 8 km ESE of Chippenham
Coordinate 51.439403, -2.003899
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, 2021-01-07.


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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