A Riotous Assembly

On the 21st May 1691 there was a riotous assembly at Ullenhall, when Charles Terry, the smith, and Joseph Feild, a farmer, led a deputation of a hundred and more of the inhabitants to their unpopular neighbours, Edward and Elizabeth Brydon. It was no ordinary deputation, for Terry was dressed up as an old woman while Field wore on his head a pair of buck’s horns, and they ‘tumultously and riotously led a dance, forwards and backwards across the town of Ullenhall for the space of three hours’. Every time they returned outside the Brydons’ house they shouted defamatory and scandalous words. To the husband they said in chorus, ‘Pay for the timber, you rogue, you cuckoldy dog, which you stole’; and to his wife, ‘Pay for the clocking (chickens) and ducks, you whore’. And then the dancing petered out as suddenly as it had begun. This riotous assembly was too serious a matter for Quarter Sessions and the culprits were dealt with in the court of King’s Bench. As a result Field, Terry, Thomas Rogers and George Richard, also of Ullenhall, and Richard Howes of Oldberrow were all fined for their share in this impromptu riot.

(County of Warwick – Quarter Sessions Records Vol I-IX)