Looking east from the green, Thorpe
The Manor House on the left and The Green on the right. The notice is a comic one offering a reward for the safe return of a maypole that was allegedly stolen the night after it was erected in 1995. David Comber has kindly sent me the story of the incident long ago that led to the above notice, as follows:
... Another survival of the old days is seen at Burnsall in the shape of the May-pole on the green near the river. There is an amusing local chronicle to the effect that certain inhabitants of the adjacent hamlet of Thorpe-sub-Montem once attended a May-day celebration at Burnsall, and were so covetous of the larger village's possession of a May-pole that they decided to steal the latter when the Burnsall folk had gone to sleep some night. Accordingly they returned a few days later and, under the shades of night, took up the May-pole and carried it to their own village, where it was duly erected on the village green. When the Burnsall folk became aware of their loss their grief and anger was great, and they immediately set out to explore the surrounding country. They searched several neighbouring villages without success, but at last, taking a view of Thorpe from a neighbouring hill, they saw the glittering vane of a May-pole flashing in the sunlight, and recognised it for their own property. Upon this they returned home, reinforced' their numbers, and bearing down in irresistible strength upon Thorpe, rescued their cherished possession and bore it home in triumph.