This image shows the Sack Hood game taking place before the Haxey Hood, circa 1980’s. The Haxey Hood game has taken place every January for 700 years. It is said to have started with Lady de Mowbray’s hood blew off whilst riding. Thirteen farmworkers chased after it and caught it. The one who caught it was too shy to return it, so another gave it to Lady de Mowbray. She said he had acted like a lord whilst the other had acted like a fool. She is said to have gifted them 13 acres of land on the condition that they re-enact the game each year. Before the Haxey Hood game takes place, the Sack Hood takes places for children to take part in. A dozen sack hoods are thrown into the field, the children must get a hood off the field without being caught by a Boggin in order to win £2.00.
Image courtesy of North Lincolnshire Museum Image Archive.