|from an article entitled Folk Games at Silbury Hill with details provided by Mr John Goulstone
An account in The Gloucester Journal on 9 November 1736 describes how a dinner was served on the summit while between 4000 and 5000 people sat at the foot of Silbury and on a facing eminence, all of which was made a very agreeable appearance. A bull was baited at the top and bottom of the hill and:
There was also backsword, wrestling, bowling and dancing. The same diversions were repeated on the 2nd day, and also running round the hill for a petticoat. The 3rd day the bull was divided by Mr Smith amongst his poor neighbours on top of the hill, where they diverted themselves with bonfires, ale and roast beef for several hours...
Folk Games at Silbury Hill and Stonehenge
Notes and News
Vol. LIX No. 225 March 1985
Posted by fitzcoraldo
9th November 2007ce