Hedon

Cow Gate! “The Cow Case” Drama at Hedon Town Hall

GATE or old English GAIT: The places which command the entrances or access; hence, place of vantage; power; might.

“…no unfreeman (shall) have a Gait on Westlands if there were sufficient Applicants for Gaits by Freeman…”

THE COW CASE, performed by staff and students from the South Holderness Technology College, is a drama production based on the historic records of the campaign to bring electoral and social reform to Hedon which began 150 years ago.

The Cow Case is a one-act play written by local historian and author Martin Craven, and focuses on the struggle between the town’s Freemen and non-Freemen particularly over the siting of a cow gate on the Westlands (now the Westlands estate). The dispute escalated and resulted in the kidnapping of a cow!

The play will be performed by students and staff from South Holderness Technology College, in the Courtroom at Hedon Town Hall on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 29th June until 1st July. The performance starts at 7:30pm each night.

Entry is £2 which includes refreshments. All proceeds will go towards the Mayor’s Charity Funds.

The key events which provide the background to the drama, are described at the Down With the Establishment exhibition taking place at Hedon Museum (until Wednesday 23rd June 2010).

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