Nottinghamshire Weekly Express (1906c)
LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES : FACTS, CUSTOMS, AND LEGENDS OF OLD-TIME CHRISTMASES IN NOTTS. PART III
*Nottinghamshire Weekly Express,
Further continuation of Nottinghamshire Weekly Express (1906a) and (1906b)
describing various Christmas customs. The article quotes from Mr. W.H.Stevenson's
paper on 'Churchwarden's Accounts of Holme Pierrepont' contributed to
Series 2 of 'Old Nottinghamshire' which it states 'draws attention to
certain payments for Christmas sports' as follows:
"'The assessment agreed to be paid by the parishioners points', says he,
'to the discontinuance of some medieval ceremony - probably as a consequence
of the Statute of Superstitious Uses.) The gatherings with hobby-horse
('the parishioners were content to paye yerelye, towardes meynetenaunce
of the Church stocke, 1552, because other getheringes with hobby-horse
and lightes were layed downe') appear to have been something similar to
a custom described by Dr. Plot in his 'History of Staffordshire'".
Holme Pierrepont, Notts. (SK6239)
Hobby Horse; Christmas; Stevenson,W.H. (1884)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00184;
Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, Vol.4, pp.122-123
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