Another England - autumn

Throughout England, as in many parts of the world, local communities continue to observe seasonal events linked to a particular environment on a specific day. These calendar customs, often used as examples of a national love for sport, a rich history of folk tradition or a quietly subversive eccentricity, exist outside the established institutions of church, state and monarchy and away from more aggressive expressions of nationalism.

Generally ignoring change and outside influence these events exist as an expression of a communal identity that seems to belong to another place and time. As such they might appear quaint, nostalgic and picturesque, a part of the country’s heritage to be protected and preserved. Alternatively, they might be seen as exclusively white and patriarchal, out of time and out of place in a modern Britain.

Nevertheless these events continue to play an important role within the contemporary communities concerned occupying a valuable place in the local calendar, more important to many than Christmas or New Year, and providing those who engage and participate as performer or spectator, with a sense of belonging not just to a contemporary community, but through the ritual of tradition to a historical one.

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Winter / Spring / Summer / Autumn

Rushbearing. Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. First weekend in September.

Horn Dance. Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire. Monday following first Sunday following 4th September

Caking Night. Stannington, South Yorkshire. Eve of All Souls Day (1st November).

Bonfire and Parade. Corpusty, Norfolk. Guy Fawkes Night (5th November).

Cliffe Bonfire Parade. Lewes, East Sussex. Guy Fawkes Night (5th November).

Tar Barrel Rolling. Ottery St. Mary, Devon. Guy Fawkes Night (5th November).

Wroth Silver. Knightlow Cross, Rylton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire. Martinmas Eve (Sunrise, 11th Nov)

The Firing of the Fenny Poppers. Fenny Stratford, Buckinghamshire. Martinmas (11th November).

Antrobus Mummers. Antrobus and district, Cheshire. First two weekends in November.