According to legend, Giant Rombald and his wife Nutmeg Jenny lived on Ilkey Moor. The famous Cow & Calf rocks were formed when the Calf was split from the Cow when the giant Rombald was fleeing an enemy, and stamped on the rock as he leapt across the valley. The enemy, it is said, was his angry wife. She dropped the stones held in her skirt to form the local rock formation The Skirtful of Stones.
There was once, so our forefathers tell us, a fearsome boar, which lived in a wood just outside the manor of Bradford. It was a source of great trouble to the folk of that place, bringing terror to the peaceful flocks and ravaging the countryside around. But, worst of all, it most like to go about the well that was in the wood and drink its water, so that the people of Bradford would not visit the well, for fear of the boar. Each day, the situation became graver and graver, as tales of the boar's atrocities grew. Eventually, these reached the ears of the Lord of the Manor who, seeing the severity of the problem, proposed a solution. Anyone, he said, who could kill the boar and bring its head to the Manor House as proof, would be rewarded with land and with fame throughout the district.
We have taken both of these stories and woven them together to bring you the Bradshaw Mummers version of The Bradford Boar