Nottinghamshire Guardian (1893)
LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: No.DCXLXXVIII: NOTE: A NOTE ON OLD CHRISTMAS [London Mummers]
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
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.
Kennington, London (TQ3177)
Mummers; Christmas; Hobby Horse; Mummery
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00145;
Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, Vol.8, p.161
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