Whitby Myth and Folklore: The Penny Hedge
Thus, each year the men, and later their descendants, wove a short hedge of hazel stakes which is planted on the shores of harbour's east side and challenged to last intact and upright for three tides. Failure to do this would mean that the men would loose some of their valuable land. The hedge was given its name from the stipulation that when making the hedge wood had to be cut from Eskdaleside with a knife costing a penny. The wood is then carried to Whitby and the hedge planted by 9 o'clock in the morning. Today the ritual is still carried out by local people and those thought to now live on the land previously owned by the Abbot. A horn is sounded once the planting has been done in order to inform the town and concludes with the shout of, 'Out on thee, out on thee, out on thee'.
Whitby Gallery Photo
Whitby in 1959
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