We'd just popped over to the pub on Saturday, when the traffic began to slow and we realised that the Sheriff's Ride was going past. The tradition dates back from Queen Mary's Charter of 1553, in which Lichfield was a county in its own right, and the Sheriff had to 'perambulate the new County and City annually on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 8th September'. Presumably they schedule it for the closest weekend each year.
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