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Pace Egging

pace egging in ulverston

Rural England is full of all kinds of weird customs, but none quite as creepy as "Pace Egging."

These victorian kids (pictured on the street I grew up) are not part of a satanic ritual, but actually taking part in an Easter tradition that was custom in Northern England.

Essentially, it's a medieval mystery play that includes mock combat.

The "Pace-Eggers" often wore animal skins, coloured ribbons and masks, blacked their faces, and received gifts of decorated eggs from villagers. The eggs were wrapped in flowers or onion skins, boiled and eaten for breakfast on Easter Sunday.

Its origins are unknown, but it was a common practice up until the nineteenth century.

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