Perrying Ceremony, Prescot


Ref. No.: PT93/59
Date of Photo: 1930's.

Prescot, prior to the introduction of local government was self-governing and enjoyed benefits attached with the Court Leet. An ancient custom called 'perrying' which survived into the 20th Century consisted of a ceremony whereby coins which had been heated, were dropped from a window in the Courtroom building of the Town Hall to be picked up by the locals who had gathered below in Market Place. The photograph shows this ceremony in progress: an official's hand can be seen dropping the coins from an upper storey window on the left, while the children below run eagerly to retrieve the coins from the roadway.

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