J. M. (Auth.)
*Mummers [Hobby Horse play, etc., in North Notts.]
*Notes & Queries (Series 4),
1871, Vol.VII, p.121
"Mummers- 'A party of mummers visited the towns & villages of North Notts
during the past fortnight, and highly diverted the inhabitants by their dancing,
singing of old songs, & the play of the Hobby Horse. The latter play was in
existence in the days of the Plantagenets, & probably the song & tune which
they sang, viz "When Joan's ale was new."' This paragraph from the Newark
Advertizer of Wed. Jan 18. 1871, may be deserving of a place in your columns,
as a proof of the continued existence of a very ancient custom."
North Nottinghamshire, Notts.
Mummers; January; Dances; Songs; Play; Hobby Horse; "When Joan's Ale was New"
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00535;
T.F.Ordish Collection, Vol.III, p.150
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