NZ3528 : Sedgefield Shrove Tuesday Ball Game sculpture

taken 13 years ago, near to Sedgefield, County Durham, England

Sedgefield Shrove Tuesday Ball Game sculpture
Sedgefield Shrove Tuesday Ball Game sculpture
The sculpture NZ3528 : Sedgefield: Shrove Tuesday ball game sculpture is flanked by the tall tower of St Edmund's Church. The story of this pancake day ball game, reputedly between 700 and 1000 years old, is told on the Heritage Trail website LinkExternal link and on wikipedia LinkExternal link
It starts when an honoured guest passes the small ball (just bigger than a cricket ball) three times through the Bull Ring NZ3528 : Sedgefield Bull Ring, Town Green and then throws it to the players. Originally contested by two teams, The Tradesmen and The Countrymen, it has now become a free for all LinkExternal link
The leather ball is said to bear the inscription:
'When with pancakes you are sated/Come to this ring where you'll be mated/Where this ball will be uncast/May this game be better than the last' LinkExternal link
However, on the day, not a lot is apparently seen of the ball and reading an inscription is last on the minds of the contestants.
Spot the Ball - 2006 photos are here LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )
News reports indicate that nothing much had changed in 2011 LinkExternal link
Sedgefield Heritage Trail

On a good day, the town looks very pretty and has much of interest. A good place to start is the Heritage Trail which is available on the web LinkExternal link and as a leaflet available locally (try the Council Offices off the High Street near Hope Inn).

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Date Taken
Friday, 7 October, 2011   (more nearby)
Saturday, 8 October, 2011
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3563 2884 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:39.2043N 1:26.9573W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3562 2885
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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