Nottinghamshire Weekly Express (1906b)
LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES : FACTS, CUSTOMS, AND LEGENDS OF OLD-TIME CHRISTMASES IN NOTTS. - (Continued)
*Nottinghamshire Weekly Express,
Continuation of Nottinghamshire Weekly Express (1906a). The first paragraph
is repeated from the previous part and includes the section taken from
Notes and Queries 5th series, vol 8, p.481 which refers to the Christmas
period in Derbyshire and quotes:
"The lads of the house with those of their
neighbours, have been learning their parts, and getting ready their dresses
for the 'Christmas guising' and the household daily talk is full flavoured
Later the article quotes:
"Romping games are the order of the eve, broken
only when the 'guisers' - of whom there were always several sets - or
waits arrive. The 'guisers'are admitted indoors and go through the several
acts of their play. At the conclusion 'Betsy Beelzebub' collects coppers
from the company and ale and wine are given to the players."
All the text is identical to T.Ratcliffe (1883).
Play; Guisers; Christmas Eve; Christmas; Notes & Queries (Series 5), Vol.8, pp.481; Waits; Betsy Beelzebub
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00183;
Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, Vol.4, pp.122
* indicates data that has not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.
Last Updated Oct 2004 by Idwal Jones.