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LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: No.DCXLXXVIII: NOTE: A NOTE ON OLD CHRISTMAS [London Mummers]
*Nottinghamshire Guardian, *23rd Dec.1893
Article describing carol singing and other customs at Christmas. One section relates:
"And in the daytime the villages were all in an uproar with the mummers - people who, fantastically dressed and wearing masks went about jumping and frolicking, to the great delight of the spectators. The hobby horse was an important character, and was represented by a man, who appeared to sit astride on a figure of a horse made of thin boards, and whose rough jests and capering gave much delight to the crowds who attended the festivities. Christmas without a hobby-horse would have been thought little about formerly."
There is also a description of "a mummery on a large scale having taken place for the amusement of young Prince Richard, grandson of Edward I" involving 130 people dressing up in various disguises and riding to Kennington.
Locations: Kennington, London (TQ3177) Years: Publ. 1893 Subjects: Mummers; Christmas; Hobby Horse; Mummery Archives: Ref.: TD00145; Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, Vol.8, p.161