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 down the main street of West Witton a traditional song is sung at each 'old' house in the village. A knife is plunged into Bartle and he is then set of fire.