St Rumbald’s Feasts and Folkestone
According to Hasted (vol 8 pp 152-188) these feasts were held on Christmas Eve in honour of St Rumbald, who was the Patron Saint of the local fishermen. Originally funded by the sale of the largest whiting from each catch throughout the year, the Master of each boat provided a feast for his own crew, the fish being called “Rumbald Whiting”.
By Hasted’s time this sale of whiting to fund the annual feasting had gone, but the fisherfolk still got together for social gatherings which they still called “Rumbalds”.
Older members of the, now sadly disappearing, Folkestone fishing community have some knowledge of these events.
The author Camden also made a passing reference to this event.
Contibuted by: Ken Fisher