A "Curious Custom" in North Clifton

Photo:The ferryman and his dog

The ferryman and his dog

Luca Giodarno

In his book “Nottinghamshire Facts and Fictions” (Nottingham: Shepherd Bros., 1870) John Potter Briscoe writes


The inhabitants of North Clifton were formerly ferry free. In consequence the ferryman and his dog were indulged with a dinner each at the vicar’s at Christmas, and it is said that the minister’s dog was turned out of doors whilst the ferryman’s dog enjoyed itself. The ferryman also on that day received of the inhabitants a prime loaf of bread".


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