Burning effigies

Reply Sat 21 Oct, 2017 12:16 am
Are there any other traditions of BURNING EFFIGIES in the UK? In particular I am looking for an explanation of two 19th century diary entries (the diarist was a prominent member of the local Baptist church, in case that has any bearing). These say:
"Feb 19th (1847) Mr Garlick and Mrs Bennett killed"
"Wednesday April 21st (1847) Tonight the lads have been burning effigies of Mr Garlick and Mrs Bennett."
Many thanks for any ideas.
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Reply Sat 21 Oct, 2017 01:56 am
There is a tradition at least 400 years old of burning effigies in the UK, mainly in England, particularly of Guy Fawkes every November 5th. See stories about the Lewes annual parade on November 5th.

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