Dates of Events and Customary Practices That Took Place in Lincolnshire.
- 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
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:
- 6th January: Twelfth Night
Plough Monday: The first Monday after Twelfth Night. Traditionally
ploughs were decorated and plays performed. See:
Wassailing The Apple Orchards
- 15th July: St Swithun's Day
30th & 31st July: Heckington Show
(Founded in 1864)
September: Lincoln Fool's Fair - cattle
- September 1347/8 the
Black Death arrived in Lincolnshire
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.
- 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,