Bodmin Riding


Bodmin Riding
   This annual Riding custom was held at Bodmin (Cornwall) on the Sunday and Monday after 7 July (St Thomas a Becket's Day). Accounts over its long history vary, but it involved a horseback procession around the town, carrying two large *garlands, and probably originated as a Guild Riding custom. The earliest documentary evidence of the custom is in the Bodmin parish church rebuilding accounts of 1469-72, and it ceased in the early 19th century, but was revived in 1974.
   ■ Pat Munn, Bodmin Riding and Other Similar Celtic Customs (1975); Wright and Lones, 1938: ii. 31-2.

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