"John Granby" (Auth.)Index Terms:
*LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: Poor owd 'oss
*Nottinghamshire Guardian, *15th Dec.1951
"RUSTIC wassailing was not yet extinct, but the excesses of disgruntled plough-bullockers had put them out of favour. Mummers or guisers entertained villagers with their play of St. George into the later years of the century.
At Mansfield, the hobby-horse performance was represented by the 'Poor old 'oss' until about 1870. Still later at Sutton-in-Ashfield a man was accustomed to parade the streets at four o'clock in the morning ringing a bell to summon people to awake and prepare for Christmas.
Children at Hucknall continued to carry about a glass-topped box in which dolls representing the Virgin and infant Babe lay among ivy and holly.
At each house of call the covering cloth was withdrawn, the images viewed, and it was deemed unlucky to let the children depart without a gift.
The Education Act of 1870 helped to put an end to old customs, but some struggled on to disappear completely during the war of 1914-18.
It is significant of the hold Christmas customs obtained upon the public that present conditions of life have not killed them all. Some of the more domestic celebrations still exist. Others have lately been revived."
Locations: *Mansfield, Notts. (SK5361); Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts. (SK5059); Hucknall, Notts. (SK5349) Years: Ceased about 1870; Publ. 1951 Subjects: Plough-Bullockers; Mummers; Guisers; "St. George"; Play; Hobby Horse"Poor Owd 'Oss"; Christmas Bell; Christmas; House Visiting; Crib; Education Act 1870 People: William Elliott Doubleday (Auth.) Archives: Ref.: TD00048; Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, 1948-54, p.76