In the early 16th century. Nicholas Brome was the owner of Baddersley Clinton House near
BADDERSLEY CLINTON HOUSE
Indeed he re-built the
His final penance when he died was to be buried, just inside the south entrance to the church, standing up, which meant that people walked on his head.
BADDERSLEY CLINTON CHURCH
THE PENNY HEDGE CEREMONY
In the 12th century the penalty for murder was death, plus the forfeiture of any land and property, but at the intercession of a dying hermit, three offending noblemen of the
The story unfolds in the year 1159, when Lord of Ugglebarnby, William de Bruce, and Lord of Sneaton, Ralph de Percy, together with another nobleman, were enjoying a days boar hunting in the forests around Eskdaleside, land belonging to Whitby Abbey.
They pursued a wounded boar into a cave occupied by a monk from the abbey who is aid to have barred their way. In the excitement and frustration the huntsmen struck the hermit a fatal blow and he died some days later. On his death bed the monk demanded that his murderer’s be spared on condition that they and their heirs performed a penance of erecting a hedge in
This strange ceremony is still re-enacted, when, at the appointed hour on the eve of Ascension Day, three blasts on the ceremonial horn and the expiatory shout of ‘out on ye, out on ye,’ ring out across the harbour, whereupon the three penitents complete the hedge in accordance with the ancient decree, in the mud of the harbour.