Dole Day at Ufton

  23 Mar 2018

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Welcome back pals,

As you may have seen on our Facebook page, it was Dole Day yesterday, and what a fantastic event it turned out to be!

The History of Ufton suggests that before Lady Marvyn died in 1581 (she was the lady who owned Ufton Court), she wanted to make sure that each person in the parishes of Ufton would not be forgotten. Dole Day was traditionally celebrated on Maundy Thursday, where the house would donate ‘dole’ (bread and cloth) to those in Ufton Nervet and Padworth.

In thanks to the villagers who rescued her when she got lost in the extensive local woods, Lady Marvyn left money in her will for an annual dole to be handed out to the villagers every Maundy Thursday. It is said there is a curse on the landlord who breaks the tradition, whether this is true or not, no landlord has risked it. Every Dole Day, two large loaves of bread and in some cases, towels, are given to each parisher. This year, the dole was handed out by Lady Benyon. Unfortunately, there were no dog biscuits for me!

Dole Day - Lady Benyon handing out Dole

Loaves of Bread in the great hall

Which reminds me…

What kind of biscuits can fly? Plain ones!


Until next time pals


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