Upcoming Ryton History Group Events

Rytons FallenThe Ryton History Group have three exciting events taking place in the coming month or so; Remembrance Day Exhibition, Wroth Silver Ceremony plus Breakfast and a day trip to the Melton Mowbray Victorian Fayre day long festival and market.

Remembrance Day Exhibition

The Ryton History Group are in the Village Hall on Sunday 9th November with their Remembrance Day Exhibition.  We start setting up about 10 o’clock before going to the Remembrance Service in Church at 10:45.
Refreshments are available until 12-00.

Wroth Silver Ceremony and Breakfast

Wroth Silver CeremonyThe Ryton  History Group are taking the minibus to the Wroth Silver Ceremony on the 11th November.  We leave the Village Hall about 6-15 in the morning so we watch the payments before dawn.  We then carry on to the Queens Head in Bretford for our breakfast.  Anyone interested contact Steve Garrett 02476 639228 (email) the price for the breakfast is £13 and £2 for the minibus.
Every year (this year is the 885th ceremony) residents from 25 parishes in the area once known as The Knightlow Hundred gather on Knightlow Hill in Ryton-on-Dunsmore at 6.45am on Martinmas Eve to pay their taxes to the Lord of the Manor, currently the 10th Duke of Buccleuch.
The ceremony dates back more than 800 years to 1170AD and bar a short break has been held every year since. Up until 1800 people living in each parish were required to deposit the equivalent of 46 pence into the hollow stone, which lies on top of a grave rumoured to be that of a knight or a British chief. Those who did not pay a set fee were fined 20 shillings for every penny, or forfeited a white bull with a red nose and ears of the same colour.
Nowadays anyone is welcome to attend and, although there is no penalty for non-payment, residents still throw money into the stone on saying the words Wroth Silver once their parish is read out by the Duke’s agent, Christopher Sparrow.

 Day Trip to Melton Mowbray

The Ryton History Group are going to Melton Mowbray Victorian Fayre, a day long festival and market, on the Sunday 7th December. The coach leaves the Village Hall at 10:30 returning 4:30. The price is £9 for members and £12 for non-members. There are still places left so if you are interested in going contact Steve Garrett on 02476 639228 (email).