The Burning of the Bartle at West Witton

Every year the ancient ritual of the Burning of the Bartle takes place in West Witton, just a few miles from West Burton. On the Saturday night nearest the 29th August (St. Bartholomew’s Day) a larger than life effigy of ‘Bartle’ is paraded down the village main street accompanied by repeated chanting and much drinking!

There are many theories as to the origins of this tradition, but the most popular is that Bartle was a sheep thief that roamed the nearby hills. After his capture legend has it that he was paraded through the village, which is the origin for the modern Bartle trail. There is some more discussion here regarding some other possible origins, including the links to St. Bartholomew.

Below are some images we took from the 2013 celebrations. A good time was had by all!