Shrovetide football in Ashbourne

1950-02-21 in United Kingdom
Bert Abell

Shrovetide football at Ashbourne A photograph of players fighting their way along Henmore Brook during the Shrovetide football match in Ashbourne

A photograph of a Shrovetide football match at Ashbourne in Derbyshire, taken in February 1950 by Bert Abell for the Daily Herald.

Shrovetide football in Ashbourne has taken place on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday annually for hundreds of years. As many as several thousand residents of Ashbourne compete, divided into two teams - the Up'ards (those who were born on the north side of Henmore Brook), against the Down'ards (born on the South side). Here spectators line the bridge above Henmore Brook.


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The Daily Herald Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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