cowlstaff

cowlstaff

(ˈkaʊlˌstɑːf)
n
archaic a staff or pole used by two people to carry a vessel, sometimes used as a weapon
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Some skimmingtons were festive, as at Yeovil, where churchwardens willingly rode in great good cheer on a cowlstaff to the church house in 1607.
It featured a minimum of three characters--Robin Hood, Little John, and a sheriff--who apparently travelled in procession through the streets with a band of parishioners, drummers, and musicians and carried men, including churchwardens, on a cowlstaff to the church house.