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Dog Collar

circa 1820

Solid brass dog collar believed to be awarded as a prize for bull baiting at Eccles Wakes.

Eccles Wakes were an important event in the Eccles calendar. They were a holiday to celebrate the dedication of the Parish Church and were celebrated annually until 1877 when the tradition was abolished by the Home Secretary.

Originally a pious affair the Wakes became increasing rowdy with races, competitions and blood sports, including bull and bear baiting and cock fighting. This led to many local people complaining and its eventual ban.

Engraved :

‘John Probert, Salford’

and

‘Don’t stop me but let me run, I will win the collar and pin the bull.’