Quote Originally Posted by davyr View Post
Lewes in Sussex has probably the longest and best-known tradition of effigy burning in the UK (which still continues every year), but maybe this wasn't the sort of thing you were after?

"From 1711, Effigies of the Pope, Devil, and Pretender were made and carried in processions in the evening in order to be burnt at night. It was an early ritual that lasted only a few years but elements of it still exist in today’s Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations."


That's true - I was quite amazed to find that a lot of these incidents were being reported around the mid century all over the country (especially in Wales) and it seems that it was the accepted expression of moral outrage and condemnation for a whole host of offences in smaller communities ...... the Face Book rant of its time!