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ReferenceZ/3579
TitlePhotographs of the ceremony to create Knights of Piel Island
DescriptionEvening Mail photographs. Shows William Pelan
Date1970s
Extent3 photographs
ContextPiel Island lies half a mile off the southern tip of the Furness Peninsula. The island was gifted to the people of Barrow-in-Furness by the Duke of Buccleuch in the early 20th century. The island is kept in order by the Borough Council, whose duties include the selection of the "King" of Piel, who is the landlord of the island's public house, the Ship Inn. In a room of the Ship Inn, is an ancient Oak chair and anyone who sits in it is made a 'Knight of Piel'. The ceremonial knighting is carried out by the King of Piel or a fellow knight. The present day cost of becoming a knight is to buy a round of drinks for all those present. During the knighting ceremony the new knight must sit in an ancient chair, wearing a helmet and holding a sword while alcohol is poured over their head.
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Photographs of the ceremony to create Knights of Piel Island

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