Master Mummers - Decay of Christmas Customs (Nottinghamshire Guardian (1945b))

Nottinghamshire Guardian (1945b)


Source:

[Anon.] (Auth.)
Decay of Christmas Customs
*Nottinghamshire Guardian, 22nd Dec.1945

Article quoting William Howitt (1834) and Llewellyn Jewitt (1853)

"WILLIAM HOWITT, the local writer of a century ago, lamented the decay of Christmas customs in his time, noting, however, that Plough Monday celebrations had become so depraved that no-one could regret their cessation."

"...Llewellyn Jewitt writing a quarter of a century later found a fair number of customs being observed in Notts. and Derbyshire. 'Christmas festivities in Notts'. he said 'are nearly synonymous with those at Derby; ...the mummers or guisers pass from house to house and still perform their play of St. George with all the precision and care of a band of regularly organised strolling players."

Other Christmas customs are also discussed, including a 'Wassail Bowl' house-visiting custom in the Hucknall district up to 1873.

Index Terms:

Locations: Notts.; Derbys.
Years: Publ. 1945
Subjects: Play; Mummers; Guisers; Howitt,W. (1834); Jewitt,L. (1853); St. George; Plough Monday; Christmas; Wassail Bowl; Customs; "Seven Joys of the Virgin"; House Visiting
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00167;
W.E.Doubleday Scrapbook, Vol.XVI, pp.90-91

* indicates data that has not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.


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