BURNING THE BARTLE WEST WITTON YORKSHIRE
TRADITIONAL FOLKLORE ANNUAL CUSTOMS AND ANNUAL VILLAGE TRADITIONS 1970S UK
Burning the Bartle West Witton, Wensleydale, Yorkshire England. 1971. Every year on the Saturday following 24 August (formerly the traditional date for the custom), a large straw effigy known as 'Bartle' is carried in procession by its maker Mr J Alan Harker (right) and assistant down the main street of West Witton, accompanied by a crowd of villagers. This was the 22nd year Alan Harker had made Bartle.
A doggrel verse is sung outside the oldest houses in the village