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On This Day In Lincolnshire History
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         Dates of Events and Customary Practices That Took Place in Lincolnshire.

January
  • 1st January: First Footing - Always take something into the house first thing on New Year's Day; so shall things be coming into the house all year, not going out of it. -Lincolnshire Folklore
  • 1st January: New Year's Day Wooding - A New Year's Day wooding walk was practised.  Coal, silver and a piece of wood was collected.  Doors were knocked upon and the words spoken:  Here's a bit of wood, I hope it does you some good.  A penny was paid, monies were collected. - Lincolnshire Folklore
  • 6th January: Haxey Hood
  • 6th January: Twelfth Night
  • Plough Monday: The first Monday after Twelfth Night.  Traditionally ploughs were decorated and plays performed.  See: Mummers Plays
  • 17th January:  Wassailing The Apple Orchards

February

March

April

May

June

July

  • 15th July: St Swithun's Day
  • 30th & 31st July: Heckington Show (Founded in 1864)

August

September

  • September: Harvest Home
  • 14th September: Lincoln Fool's Fair - cattle
  • September 1347/8 the Black Death arrived in Lincolnshire
  • 21st September: Autumn Equinox - the time when dark has gained to the point whereby dark and light are once more of equal length in time.  Dark continues to gain.
  • 29th September:  Michaelmas Day  It was a day when agricultural workers took up new employment.  Also a day of feasting, traditionally goose.

October

November

  • 11th November: Martinmas - Alternative date when farm labourer's changed employment.
  • 15th November in 1943 630 Squadron RAF was formed at East Kirkby near Spilsby, Lincolnshire.

December

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