Nottinghamshire Guardian (1945b)
Decay of Christmas Customs
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."
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
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
Other Christmas customs are also discussed, including a
'Wassail Bowl' house-visiting custom in the Hucknall district up to 1873.
Play; Mummers; Guisers; Howitt,W. (1834); Jewitt,L. (1853); St. George; Plough Monday; Christmas; Wassail Bowl; Customs; "Seven Joys of the Virgin"; House Visiting
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00167;
W.E.Doubleday Scrapbook, Vol.XVI, pp.90-91
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