Lancashire Legends, Traditions, Pageants, Sports, &c./Part 2/Hambleton Fair, or Hapton Rushbearing

HAMBLETON FAIR.

Hambleton Hill is one of the most elevated points in East Lancashire. It ranks third to Pendle and Boulsworth. On the first Sunday in May vast numbers of persons are in the habit of climbing the hill; and this annual gathering has now taken the name of "the fair." The neighbouring Sunday-schools are almost emptied on that day, notwithstanding all the efforts of the superintendents and ministers.