Pancakes aplenty but what do you really know about Shrove Tuesday?

If you need a sure sign that Spring is here or not far away, Shrove Tuesday – or ‘Pancake Day’, is it.

Whilst for many today means gorging out on pancakes with a multitude of fillings, here’s some bits and pieces about Shrove Tuesday which you may not know. 

  • For starters, Shrove Tuesday (also known as Shrovetide Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday and Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Shrove Tuesday, a moveable feast, is determined by Easter.

Shrove Tuesday pancake tossing

It is seen as a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins.

  • The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrivethe ritual of shriving that Christians used to undergo in the past.

In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them. When a person receives absolution for their sins, they are forgiven for them and released from the guilt and pain that they have caused them.

In the Catholic or Orthodox context, the absolution is pronounced by a priest. This tradition is very old. Over 1000 years ago a monk wrote in the Anglo-Saxon Ecclesiastical Institutes: 

“In the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him”.


  • ·          Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics, who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.”

Being the last day before the season of Lent, related popular practices such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations, before commencing the fasting and religious obligations associated with Lent.

Catholic and Protestant countries traditionally call the day before Ash Wednesday “Fat Tuesday” or “Mardi Gras”. The name predated the Reformation and referred to the common Christian tradition of eating special rich foods before the fasting season of Lent.

In Ireland the day is known as Máirt Inide (meaning, in Irish, “Shrovetide Tuesday”), and Pancake Tuesday. In Welsh it is known as “Dydd Mawrth Ynyd”.

  • Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent.
  • So that no food was wasted, families would have a feast on the shriving Tuesday, and eat up all the foods that wouldn’t last the forty days of Lent without going off.


  • In England, as part of community celebration, many towns held traditional Shrove Tuesday “mob football” games, some dating as far back as the 12th century.

The practice mostly died out in the 19th century after the passing of the Highway Act 1835 which banned playing football on public highways.

A number of towns have maintained the tradition, including

  • Alnwick in Northumberland,
  • Ashbourne in Derbyshire (called the Royal Shrovetide Football Match),
  • Atherstone (called the Ball Game) in Warwickshire,
  • Sedgefield (called the Ball Game) in County Durham, and
  • St Columb Major in Cornwall (called Hurling the Silver Ball). 
The madness of the Atherstone 'Ball Game', Warwickshire

The madness of the Atherstone ‘Ball Game’, Warwickshire

  • Shrove Tuesday was once known as a “half-holiday” in Britain.

It started at 11:00am with the ringing of a church bell.

On Pancake Day, “pancake races” are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom.

The tradition is said to have originated when a housewife from Olney, Buckinghamshire, was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake.

The pancake race remains a relatively common festive tradition in the UK, with many now run in aid of charity.

Participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air and catching them in the pan whilst running.

The most famous pancake race at Olney in Buckinghamshire has been held since 1445. The contestants carry a frying pan and race to over a 415 yard course to the finishing line. The rules are strict: contestants have to toss their pancake at both the start and the finish, as well as wear an apron and a scarf. Traditionally, when men want to participate, they must dress up as a housewife (usually an apron and a bandanna).

Scarborough celebrates by closing the foreshore to all traffic, closing schools early, and inviting all to skip. Traditionally, long ropes were used from the nearby harbour. The town crier rings the pancake bell, situated on the corner of Westborough (main street) and Huntress Row. 

  • How to make the perfect pancake

Never easy is it?!

Have a look at the guide here


That was the month just gone

Finally time to take stock for five minutes or so, and reflect on a busy month of November.

Here’s an insight into what I’ve been up to… in no particular order

1. Thrilled to have and be working with a new client: Emizon Networks, also based in Rugby and also with offices worldwide.

2. a visit to the very elegant Lamport Hall & Gardens in Northamptonshire, as part of a county-wide focus feature on Northants for Discover Britain’s Gardens, Historic Homes & Castles feature. (look out for my extended review of my visit to Lamport coming shortly on this very blog)

IMG_3707 Lamport Hall in the 1890s

3. With Christmas in mind, social media and e-mail marketing of Crazy Catch Rebound Nets.


4. After-schools cricket coaching for Twenty20 Cricket Company at Paddox Primary School in Rugby

5. A series of Q & A articles for Twenty20 International, per their sponsorship of Germany’s 50-over Bundesliga [cricket] in 2014

6. A very enjoyable – if not too short, stay at Bovey Castle in Devon, as guest of Mrs Q’s employers, T(n)S Catering, to celebrate their 10th anniversary

7. Running around ‘on set’ of a soon-to-be-aired pilot show, set at a country house residence on the Warwickshire/Leicestershire border. Said residence was transformed into a hotel, with said ‘pilot’ to be aired on one of the major British TV networks in the New Year (that is all I can say at this present time)

8. PR work for Twenty20 International, per their sponsorship of Germany’s 50-over Bundesliga [cricket].

9. Pushing one’s running and general fitness work a little bit further, with this and this tentatively in mind for 2014 (recommend you check out

10. A pre-Halloween visit to Kenilworth Castle. Having been there once in 30 odd years, I seem to have managed to get their annually for whatever reason in the last six! Nevertheless, a good day out

11. Couple of articles related to Halloween here and here

12. Article on very local connections to Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night

13. editorial for Discover Britain for Groups magazine

14. editorial and feature development for Discover Britain’s Gardens, Historic Homes & Castles magazine (including point 2. above)

So…onto December!


Everything is changing

Autumn, that time of year which is neither here nor there; with the summer gone and darker colder days of winter seemingly not far away.

However Autumn for writers, photographers and general outdoor enthusiasts is a positive boon. The change in colours of our landscapes, the flora and fauna around us, the sunsets as the stretch of daylight hours begins to creep in; they all add to a change of focus and perspective (at least where this writer – and other outdoor types I am in touch and connect, with are concerned)

A recent visit to Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire proved my points to the above. The fact we were there for pre-Halloween events added extra seasonal atmosphere it has to be said, however it was every bit an autumnal canvas. Lengthening shadows of varying shades against ancient ruins, trees beginning to shed their loads, all of which I hope some of the images below will reflect and do justice to.

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Stay safe – Follow the Firework Code

As much as I enjoy Bonfire Night, I am not one for fireworks.

A bonfire, yes, but rockets, Catherine wheels et al, no thank you. Never have been either, purely I think because of the safety element more than anything – I just don’t feel safe with or around fireworks.

So if you are letting off a few fireworks tonight, stay safe, and follow these rules as set out by the RoSPA.

Remember, only adults should deal with firework  displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe  disposal of fireworks once they have been used.

Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers.


  1. FireworksPlan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
  2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
  4. Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.
  5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  7. Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
  9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

For further details, go to

Rugby links to the Gunpowder Plot

Up and down the UK this evening bonfires will be lit and firework displays will light up the night sky for Bonfire Night.

The fifth of November is a reminder of the failed attempt to kill King James back in 1605. On that date over four centuries ago, a solitary figure is arrested in the cellars of Parliament House. Although he first gives his name as John Johnson, Guy Fawkes, as he is really called, is one of thirteen who have conspired to blow up Parliament, the King, and his Lords.

The Gunpowder Plot conspirators

The Gunpowder Plot conspirators

By doing so, they were looking to throw the whole country into turmoil, out of which these traitors hoped to raise a new monarch who was sympathetic to their cause, and return England to its Catholic past.

Here in central England, a town more familiar and associated with the birthplace of a worldwide sport has several locations with extra significance from playing a part in events up to and on the 5th November (1605)

Here then is Rugby’s claim to fame with the ill-fated Gunpowder Plot.

The Manor, Ashby St Ledgers, Warwickshire

The Manor at Ashby St Ledgers is set in the beautiful village of Ashby St Ledgers, based on the Warwickshire/Northamptonshire border.

It is this central location that made Ashby St. Ledgers a type of ‘Command Centre’ during the planning of the Gunpowder Plot. In the room above the Gatehouse, with its privacy from the main house and clear view of the surrounding area, Robert Catesby and the other conspirators planned a great deal of the Gunpowder Plot.

Manor House Ashby St Ledgers

Manor House Ashby St Ledgers

Ashby St. Ledgers also became a repository for the arms, munitions and gunpowder that the plotters were amassing. Catesby claimed that he was organising a regiment, of which he was the captain, to fight in the Low Countries.

Manor House ASL

Unfortunately The Manor today is not open for public visits, but most of the buildings that stood way back in 1605 are still visible from the roadside. The Manor is in desperate need of restoration, which has been ongoing for several years. It has been commented that it would take many years of investment and restoration to save The Manor at Ashby St. Ledgers, thus preserving it for future generations.

Guy Fawkes House, Dunchurch, nr Rugby, Warwickshire

The Gunpowder Plotters stayed at the Red Lion Inn in Dunchurch awaiting news of Guy Fawkes’s attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

The Red lion aka 'Guy Fawkes House', Dunchurch

The Red lion aka ‘Guy Fawkes House’, Dunchurch

If successful they planned to kidnap the King’s daughter, Elizabeth of Bohemia from nearby Coombe Abbey.

Plaque at Guy Fawkes House, Dunchurch

Plaque at Guy Fawkes House, Dunchurch

The property is now a private residence in the centre of the village called ‘Guy Fawkes House’.

Coombe Abbey, nr Rugby/Coventry

The Cistercian Abbey of Cumbe was founded in the 12th century and was the largest and most powerful Abbey in Warwickshire. Primarily used for the grazing of sheep and the growing of cereals, the Abbey and its lands remained in the hands of the monks until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539

Coombe Abbey

Coombe Abbey

The estate passed through several hands including the Earl of Warwick, until it was purchased in 1581 by Sir John Harrington of Exton in Rutland. The elder Sir John Harrington was descended from Robert Bruce, and used this Scottish ancestry to win favour with James VI of Scotland when it was apparent he would succeed Elizabeth.

Harrington later used this influence to become the guardian of the Princess Elizabeth, daughter to James I.  At Coombe Abbey, Elizabeth came under the tutor and chaplain John Tovey. Harrington was invited to join the hunting party that met at the Red Lion Inn in Dunchurch, but refused, probably because of his Protestant sympathies.

In the morning of 5th November he received word that a plot to kill the King had been discovered and sent the Princess to Coventry under the guardianship of Sir Thomas Holcroft. Had the Gunpowder Plot succeeded she was to have been abducted from Coombe Abbey and proclaimed as Queen Elizabeth II.

Coombe Abbey gardens

With its rich links to the Gunpowder Plot, Coombe Abbey today is a four star country house hotel nestling within the historical heartland of Warwickshire. Set in 500 acres of parkland, and overlooking formal gardens and a tranquil lake, Coombe Abbey has been lovingly restored to its former glory, and is well-known for its award winning Mediaeval Banquets which have been running for 40 years and provide a very entertaining and fun night out.




UK Historic Homes and The Gunpowder Plot

As a feature writer and content Editor for Discover Britain’s Gardens, Historic Homes & Castles magazine, part of my self-imposed remit is to focus on the great wealth of heritage properties dotted around the UK.

With it being Bonfire Night, here’s an abridged piece of a recent article exploring connections between the Gunpowder Plot and some of the UK’s historic houses.


The fifth of November – Guy Fawkes Night, is a reminder of the ill-fated attempt to kill King James back in 1605. On that date over four centuries ago, a solitary figure is arrested down in the cellars of Parliament House in London. Although he first gives his name as John Johnson, Guy Fawkes – as he is really called, is one of thirteen who have conspired to blow up Parliament, and with it the King, and his Lords. By doing so, they were looking to throw the whole country into state of turmoil, out of which these traitors hoped to raise a new monarch who would be sympathetic to their cause, and ultimately return England to its Catholic past.

By 1605, English Catholics had suffered 50 years of repression. Catholic worship was illegal in England and fines were imposed on all those who failed to attend Anglican services.

Some Catholics thought direct action against the government was both justified and necessary. As a known expert in explosives, Guy Fawkes was approached by a group of Catholic extremists who were planning the Gunpowder Plot. The idea was to blow up King James, the royal family and the assembled ruling classes of England during the State Opening of Parliament in London on 5 November 1605 at The Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), and in particular the Chamber of The House of Lords.


Having discussed their plan to blow up Parliament House, the Gunpowder plotters leased a small house in the heart of Westminster, installing Fawkes as caretaker, under the alias of John Johnson. In March 1605 the group then took out a lease on a ground-floor cellar close by the house they had rented.

The Gunpowder Plot conspirators

The Gunpowder Plot conspirators

The cellar lay directly underneath the House of Lords, and over the following months 36 barrels of gunpowder were moved in, enough to blow everything and everyone in the vicinity sky high, if ignited.

The plot failed when following an anonymous tip-off Guy Fawkes was found underneath the Houses of Parliament. Fawkes was captured, held prisoner and almost certainly tortured at the Tower of London.  Along with the other conspirators, he was to encounter a horrible death from being hanged, drawn and quartered, a punishment most commonly inflicted on traitors at that time. The other conspirators had all fled largely in the direction of central England, but whilst trying to escape the authorities were subsequently also captured and put to death, or shot and subsequently killed.

Interestingly, over 400 years on from The Gunpowder Plot, today before the State Opening of Parliament, the Yeomen of the Guard search the cellars of the Palace of Westminster where Fawkes was discovered and arrested to ensure that there is no repeat of the Gunpowder Conspiracy.

In many ways, the ill-fated events of 1605 changed the course of history in Britain. What’s more the history behind the ill-fated Gunpowder plot and persecuted Catholics is still very evident today at several historic homes and heritage properties around the UK. These properties have strong connections to the Plot and the conspirators and in some cases the property’s themselves played a major part in the story of those events over four centuries ago.

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Standing proud on the north Northumberland coast, Alnwick Castle has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family – the Percy’s, through over 700 years of drama, intrigue, tragedy and romance.

The castle became the family seat of the Percy’s, and when Henry Percy was made Earl of Northumberland in 1368, it became the seat of the Earldom, and later the Dukedom.

In 1585 Henry Percy became the 9th Earl of Northumberland and succeeded in gaining great influence both in the court of Elizabeth, and in her successor, James VI of Scotland. However in 1594, he appointed a relative, Thomas Percy, Constable of Alnwick and his Commissioner and Auditor.

Through his connections, Thomas, known as an ‘outspoken and bigoted Catholic’, and accused of harsh and unjust conduct, became a spokesperson to the Scottish King on behalf of the English Catholics. Thomas and his family lived for many years at Alnwick, but the succession of James brought new hope.

However James soon reneged on the promises he had made to Thomas Percy regarding toleration for the English Catholics. Percy, a close friend of Robert Catesby, was then soon drawn into the folds of the Gunpowder treason. After his death, the Earl was tainted with the stain of supposed confederacy with Thomas, and although nothing was ever proven, the Earl spent many years incarcerated in the Tower.

Today, Alnwick Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in Europe, with opulent State Rooms filled with a stunning array of art and furniture collected over the years by the Percy family, and a magnificent collection of art, featuring work by Canaletto, Titian and Van Dyck.



Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire

The picturesque medieval moated manor house and garden of Baddesley Clinton dates back from the 15th century and was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years.

View across the moat towards the Gatehouse and Entrance Range to the left, and the north side of the Courtyard at Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire The bridge across the moat at Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire.

The atmospheric house and its delightful interiors reflect its heyday in the Elizabethan era when it was a Catholic home during troubled times. Baddesley Clinton was a regular refuge for outlawed priests and their servants. Although the Ferrers family kept a low profile, it was a haven for those persecuted Catholics, but it did not stop the priest hunters raiding the house. Whilst protestant soldiers searched the house, eight priests hid to great effect in one of the three priest holes cunningly concealed within the building.

Baddesley Clinton has been in the care of the National Trust for 30 years and visitors today can soak up the feel of this well-loved home and enjoy a delightful garden with stewponds and a romantic lake and nature walk.



Boughton House, Northamptonshire

Dubbed ‘The English Versailles’, Boughton House, really is the hidden home of Bonfire Night and its connections to The Gunpowder Plot.

Boughton House, Northamptonshire

Boughton House, Northamptonshire

It is relatively well known that several key elements of this audacious plot owe their origins to Northamptonshire through the roles of Robert Catesby and his man servant Thomas Bates and that of Francis Tresham. Few may know however of the role of Edward Montagu of Boughton, the former MP for Northamptonshire, a supporter of King James I, and direct ancestor of the current Duke of Buccleuch, in establishing this annual national celebration via his personal sponsorship of ‘The Observance of 5th November Act 1605’ .

Edward, 1st Lord Montagu

Edward, 1st Lord Montagu

This called for a public annual thanksgiving for the failure of the Catholic Plot, known today as ‘Bonfire Night’.

Boughton House is the Northamptonshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch.  Built in the sixteenth century and later transformed into a vision of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles, the house and the Grade 1 Designed Landscape nestle in an Estate encompassing eleven thousand acres of beautiful English countryside and five villages.  The House and Gardens are open for group visits by appointment.


Coughton Court, Warwickshire

It was at the magnificent Tudor mansion of Coughton Court, nestled on the edge of the old Forest of Arden, that arms, horses and ammunition had been stored, ready for the uprising that was meant to follow the annihilation of Parliament.

Coughton Court, Warwickshire © NTPL  Kim Oliver

Coughton Court, Warwickshire © NTPL Kim Oliver

Coughton has been the home of the Throckmortons for over 600 years. Staunch Catholics, the Throckmortons had their part to play in this dark moment of English history. They were involved in their own conspiracies against Elizabeth I, as were their descendants amongst who were Robert Catesby and Francis Tresham, and Coughton was rented by Sir Everard Digby at the time of the Gunpowder Plot.


Facing persecution for their Catholic faith, they were willing to risk everything. It was in Coughton’s great gatehouse, early on 6th November 1605, that the family and associates of one of the chief gunpowder plotters received news of the plot’s failure.

This finest of Tudor houses stands testament to a family’s courage in maintaining their beliefs. From a position of high favour to one of fear and oppression post-Reformation, the Throckmortons were leaders in a dangerous age, helping to bring about Catholic emancipation in the 19th century.

Coughton is still very much a family home with an intimate feel. The Throckmorton family still live here, managing the fabulous gardens which they have created.

Gardens at Coughton Court

Gardens at Coughton Court

The imposing Tudor house is set in beautiful gardens, and a visit here offers the opportunity to explore the story of fascinating personalities through a ‘family album’ of portraits and view a wealth of Catholic treasures around the house.

Don’t miss chance to relax in the gardens and stroll along the river, unearth the priest holes from those troubled times, explore the grounds by stretching your legs on a walk through the woods, plus take in the expansive views from the Tudor tower.



Lyveden New Bield, Northamptonshire

Lyveden New Bield is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age and was planned and financed by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholic faith.

Yet this curiously looking sight of an incomplete building is exactly that, for work stopped on the building upon Tresham’s death in 1605 and was never re-started.

Lyveden New Bield, Peterborough, Northamptonshire.

Lyveden New Bield, Peterborough, Northamptonshire.

Sir Thomas was born into a wealthy and respected Northamptonshire family who acquired large estates in Northamptonshire including the manor houses of Lyveden and Rushton.   Lyveden’s history dates as far back as Roman Britain, and was occupied for hundreds of years before Sir Thomas was to make his mark. Lyveden also has a strong historical connection with Coughton Court for Sir Thomas married Muriel Throckmorton.

He was a fervent Catholic, at a time when Queen Elizabeth was anxious about the Catholic threat posed by Spain and by her cousin Mary Queen of Scots. Nonconformists were targets for perpetual persecution, and between 1581 and 1605 Tresham was required to pay penalties totalling just under £8,000 because of his faith. As a result he was left with considerable debts, from which his finances never fully recovered.

After Sir Thomas died in 1605, his elder son Francis inherited the estate as well as the debt, and then became embroiled in the Gunpowder Plot later that year along with his cousins Catesby and Wintour. Imprisoned for his actions he too met an early death in December 1605.

While the estate now passed to Francis’s younger brother Lewis, Lady Tresham shouldered the debt admirably until her death in 1615, before Lewis’s reckless lifestyle only increased the family debt back again. Lyveden was to then pass out of the family’s hands, and so Sir Thomas’s dream was never to be fulfilled and the New Bield remained as it stands today, incomplete.

Today there is opportunity to explore the Bield and take a closer look at this traditional if unfinished garden lodge. See the inner structure of what was intended to be a fully functioning country residence. Lyveden’s gardens are a delight and amongst the oldest in the country, for they provide chance to climb the spiral mounds, stroll the banks of the moat, visit the orchard and take in the beauty of one of the country’s finest surviving examples of Elizabethan garden design.





Hagley Hall, Worcestershire

Just after the Gunpowder plot was discovered, two of the plotters, Robert Wintour and Stephen Lyttelton, escaped arrest at Holbeche House in Staffordshire, before travelling south to ask Humphrey Lyttelton for his assistance. At the time Muriel Lyttelton, the widow of John Lyttelton who had died in prison, lived at Hagley Park. However Humphrey had the use of the house.

Both plotters were captured at Hagley Park because the authorities had been informed of their presence by Lyttelton’s cook – John Fynwood. Despite Lyttelton’s protests that he was not harbouring anyone, a search was made and another servant, David Bate, showed where the two plotters were escaping from a courtyard into the countryside.

With its rich Rococo decoration surrounded by picturesque parkland, today Hagley Hall still remains a much loved family home.

Set in 350 acres of beautiful landscaped parkland with stunning views, this country house is situated right on the border of Worcestershire with the West Midlands.

Hagley Hall and Park are among the supreme achievements of eighteenth-century English architecture and landscape gardening. Hagley was the last of the great Palladian houses, and was possibly influenced by nearby Croome Court, but it ultimately derives from Colen Campbell’s designs for Houghton in Norfolk.






Do you know…the Gunpowder Plot rhyme in full?

Most of us know the rhyme associated with Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes, however do know it in full?

The legend of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 is recorded for all time by the following:

 Remember, remember the fifth of November
The gunpowder, treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.


Guy Fawkes, twas his intent
To blow up King and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.


The Gunpowder Plot conspirators

The Gunpowder Plot conspirators

By God’s mercy he was catched
With a dark lantern and lighted match
Holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the King