Mansfield Mary Mallatratt’s Dole

Where: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on Stockwell Gate
When: Good Friday
Time: 10.30 am


Hot Cross Buns

The Good Friday custom of Hot Cross Bun distribution at Mansfield is alive and well today, though comparatively little-known outside the immediate vicinity. It was established in 1907 by charitable resident Mary Mallatratt, who left a bequest in her will to provide the buns for local children; in its heydey huge crowds queued, particularly in times of hardship. Now the bequest doesn’t cover the cost but the Trustees still provide subsidised buns, though nowadays they’re distributed from a trolley outside the supermarket on the high street rather than at the chapel. Apparently modern children are less keen on the buns than their past counterparts, so even adults are allowed to claim them – three dozen are on offer so turn up early to ensure you get one!

Helpful Hints

The dole used to be given out at the Old Meeting House on Stockwell Gate but recently it moved slightly to outside Asda along the street (though if the weather is really bad they can always retreat to the chapel).

The buns on the photo are NOT the ones from the Dole as I haven’t been yet.

In 2017 it will be on Friday 14th April.

Click here for the Old Meeting House Facebook page:

Many thanks to Ross Parish for the info on this event – click here to read more :

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