We reproduce here some of the stories which have passed down over the years concerning Kingsland’s traditions.
A custom which has died out in recent years was the giving of information to the village in general when the church bell was tolled for a death. The sexton first of all gave information as to the sex of the person who had died, three strokes for a child, four for a woman and five for a man. Then the age was rung out, and this enabled residents to realise for whom the bell was being tolled. With a smaller and closer population than today, neighbours took a greater interest in their fellows than they do today.
Amongst other old customs that have completely died out are visits from house to house of Morris Dancers and the village hand-bells, the carrying around of a Maypole on 1stMay, and the observation of Oak Apple Day.
A custom that has for more than 300 years been of great value to the village has been its right to send a small proportion of boys from the Parish to Lucton School. At one time, each boy was provided with a uniform consisting of cord trousers, a strong brown jacket faced with the buttons in brass, and embossed with the Pierrepont Coat of Arms (John Pierrepont founded the school in 1708), and a cap with similar buttons on its flaps . The coats were made by George Stephen at the Bell. These uniforms were abolished over 70 years ago.
Some old-fashioned remedies used in Kingsland were:
- Senna tea or castor oil in milk or brandy as a purgative
- For coughs, use butter and brown sugar mixed with vinegar
- Paint a sore throat with tannic acid and glycerine
- To cure chilblains, thrash them with holly and make them bleed
- Brimstone and treacle to purify the blood
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