Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times (1905)

Source:
[Anon. (Auth.)]
SOMETHING ABOUT OLD TIME DOINGS (SPECIAL) [Christmas Owd Hoss at Worksop, Notts.]
Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times, 3th Jan.1905, No. 1968, p.2 c

Article about Twelfth Day and St. Distaff's day customs, including the following:

"At this time of the month it would appear that some of the old Christmas pastimes came into being, for in some places a man wearing on his head a dried horse's head went through the villages snapping his jaws together. He was attended by others wearing heads of various animals. Contributions were levied at each house for the purpose of buying cakes and ale with which to make merry when the circuit of the houses had been completed. From this has no doubt come the saying 'cakes and ale' of speaking at the present time of a feast which has been enjoyed. And it seems most likely that 'Th'owd hoss' which lads still take round at this season, is a relic of the old Twelfth Day customs."

Index Terms:
Locations: Worksop, Notts. (SK5879)
Years: Perf. 1905; Publ. 1905
Subjects: Th'Owd Hoss; Christmas; Twelfth Day; St. Distaff's Day; Animal Disguise
Archives: Ref.: TD00230

Indexed by Dave Crowther. Last updated Apr.2005

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