Peter Kennedy made five trips around England and Northern Ireland in 1953. A handwritten notebook with additional information for the trip to Northern Ireland is in his collection at the British Library. Click anywhere on the maps below to view the report for that trip.


5th January – 7th January, 1953

On this short trip to North Lincolnshire, the Haxey Hood event was recorded along with talk about it by Rowland Whitehead.


Lincolnshire and Yorkshire

16th March – 10th April, 1953

Recordings of performers and events in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire include the Plough Jag play at Barrow-on-Humber, James Fussey, Luke and Bill Stanley, Mary Taylor, Sam Fawcett, Billy Pennock and the Loftus sword dancers.



14th May – 17th May, 1953

William Scarlett and Mrs Penfold were recorded on this short trip to Wick and Burgess Hill in Sussex.

Sussex space

Northern Ireland

23rd July – 2nd September, 1953

On this trip around most counties of Northern Ireland Peter Kennedy was accompanied by Sean O’Boyle. Among the performers recorded are Frank and Francis McPeake, Paddy McCluskey, Michael Gallagher, Brigid and Paddy Tunney, John Doherty, Annie Meehan, Sheila Gallagher and Neil Boyle.

 Northern Ireland 1953

East Anglia

9th October – 11th October, 1953

Some of the performers recorded on this short trip to Norfolk and Suffolk are Cyril Poacher, Jack French and Bob Scarce (in the Ship Inn at Blaxhall, Suffolk), Harry Cox, Alec Bloomfield and Harry List.

East Anglia 1953