Re: Hartlepool United.
Posted by Nick PBH on 29/6/2020, 0:01:35, in reply to "Re: Hartlepool United."
According to local folklore, the term originates from an incident in which a monkey was hanged in Hartlepool, England. During the Napoleonic Wars, a French ship of the type chasse marée was wrecked in a storm off the coast of Hartlepool. The only survivor from the ship was a monkey, allegedly dressed in a French army uniform to provide amusement for the crew. On finding the monkey on the beach, some locals decided to hold an impromptu trial; since the monkey was unable to answer their questions and because they had seen neither a monkey nor a Frenchman before, they concluded that the monkey must be a French spy. Being found guilty, the animal was duly sentenced to death and was summarily hanged on the beach |
The most similar tale, from 1772, centres on Boddam, near Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.
Villagers supposedly hanged a monkey as it was the only survivor of a shipwreck - no survivors meant they could claim salvage rights.
And monkeys were also said to have been killed in the Cornish village Mevagissey, and Chalvey near Slough (in that case the unfortunate primate was an organ-grinder's monkey that bit a child).
A Few mentions on twitter about it. Could be on of those stories just started that people bite on. Would be rather silly if the stories are true. I would say a town celebrating its own stupidity at the time, but 150 years previous people were being burn as witches - so its tricky to adjust modern logic to historical legends (give it 200 years and who knows what history will make of this period where statues were drowned, and people ate bats triggering a worldwide virus, with an orange baboon leading a country..). If it is true it is somewhat ludicrous though. I really hope its not as that would be the ultimate (so far) example of people removing something that isn`t offensive on the off chance someone decides that it could be..