Chalk-back Day

S. W. Rix.

[Extracted from NQ. 1st. S. vol. iv (1851), pp. 501-2.]

 

363. Chalk-back Day. At Diss, Norfolk, it is customary for the juvenile populace, on the Thursday before the third Friday in September (on which latter day a fair and "session" for hiring servants are held), to mark and disfigure each other's dress with white chalk, pleading a prescriptive right to be mischievous on "chalk-back day." Does such a practice exist elsewhere, and what is its origin?

S. W. Rix.
Beccles.