'Shrovetide Football at Ashbourne', 1952.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

'Shrovetide Football at Ashbourne', 1952.


© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library


A photograph of the Duke of Devonshire, holding aloft the hand-painted football which he 'turned up' to start the 1952 Shrovetide football match in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. 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).



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