'Shrovetide Football at Ashbourne', 26 February 1952.
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Gelatin silver print. A photograph of players fighting for possession of the ball in Henmore Brook during Shrovetide football in the village of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, taken in 1952. 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 the Henmore Brook), against the Down'ards (born on the South side).