A February Custom - Ringing the Pancake Bell

Photo:Pancake Bell in Scarborough...

Pancake Bell in Scarborough...

...where they still make a big event of it every Shrove Tuesday

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In his book "A History of East Leake" (1903, p.58) the Revd. Sidney Pell Potter remarks that at noon on Shrove Tuesday it was the custom to ring one of the church's bell (a small bell known as the 'Ting-Tang') when it was termed 'The Pancake Bell'.  "It is easy to connect", he says. "this day's ringing with the shriving* of old, which gave the day its name".


* the act of a priest hearing confession.


Does anyone know of instances where a Pancake Bell is still rung in Nottinghamshire today?


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There's a document in Notts Archives  (Ref.DD121/1/67) about old village life at Whatton in Notts (written in 1960) which says that "The Pancake Bell was rung at eleven O'clock on Shrove Tuesday, but was discontinued during World War I."

By Jon Steele
On 07/02/2018

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