22nd November 1850 - Pope-burning in Salisbury

On the 22nd November 1850 there was a ‘Pope Burning’ procession in Salisbury[1].

‘Pope-burning’ was (and is) an anti-Catholic demonstration involving the burning of effigies of the Pope. In England, the practice is linked to Guy Fawkes night. It’s still practiced in Lewes in Sussex.

Robert Withington writes in an article about ‘Post-Bellum Giants’:

A Pope with Cardinals and twelve Bishops was burned in effigy, and the "uncouth pageant" (which was got up by private subscription) had a picturesque effect. The imafes were called "guys" by the people[2]

I’ve read elsewhere that many in the city were embarrassed by the 1850 event.

Footnotes

[1] JSTOR: Studies in Philology, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Jan., 1921), pp. 1-9, URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4171783?seq=4

[2] JSTOR: Studies in Philology, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Jan., 1921), pp. 1-9, URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4171783?seq=4

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