Careful - they might be too hot to handle in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:45 22 August 2017

Hot Pennies in Honiton. Photo courtesy of Allhallows Museum.

Hot Pennies in Honiton. Photo courtesy of Allhallows Museum.

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The traditional Honiton Hot Pennies took place earlier in July. Here is a pictorial look back on the ceremony.

Hot Pennies in Honiton. Photo courtesy of Allhallows Museum.Hot Pennies in Honiton. Photo courtesy of Allhallows Museum.

Youngsters gathered in the High Street on Tuesday, July 25, to try to catch the hot pennies as they were thrown to the street below.

It is a centuries-old tradition believed to have started when affluent people found it highly amusing to throw burning-hot pennies to the peasants below to see them burn their fingers as they tried to collect them.

These days the pennies are only warm, but hundreds of people gather with all manner of receptacles to catch as many pennies as they can.

As each venue completes its part in the ceremony, so the crowds process down the street to the next point and more pennies fall from the sky.

Hot Pennies in Honiton. Photo courtesy of Allhallows Museum.Hot Pennies in Honiton. Photo courtesy of Allhallows Museum.

With the help of Allhallows Museum, we have taken a pictorial look back at the ceremony, and reproduced pictures of it from days gone by.

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