Friday 26 April 2019, meet at Uley Church Hall bus stop 9:30
(Bus 65 towards Dursley, leaves Merrywalks at 09:00, alight at Uley Church Hall 9:20)
It’s the First of June 1792, and there are fifty weavers gathered outside John Teakle’s cottage in Uley. He’s been working for cheap rates in the workshops of Nathaniel Lloyd at ‘The Courts’. The weavers insist that Teakle removes his work from the loom, threatening him that his house will be pulled down, and he will be ducked in the pond.
To make an example of him, Teakle formed the centre of attention in a Skimmington procession from Uley to Horsley and Nailsworth. In addition to his ducking he was fixed to a pole and carried round the villages. On the return of the procession to Uley, Theakle escaped and barricaded himself in his cottage. The stand-off lasted three hours, and windows and the roof were damaged.
All welcome to join our Uley Skimmington recreation, to Horsley and back. There will some Rough Music along the route, so bring your own pans. Eight miles round trip, allow five hours.
Andrew Budd at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.