Retford & Gainsborough Times (1874)


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Retford & Gainsborough Times, 26th Dec.1874, No.295, p.5d-f

Article about Christmas customs including the following section:

"Nor do the 'guisers' or 'mummers' perform as they used to do. I remember when I was a lad that the mumming plays of 'St. George' or 'The King of Egypt' was performed in a very different style to what they are now. The players made a more serious matter of it, and 'guised' away with thorough earnestness. The plays performed in these Christmas rounds have become so altered that they can only by a few words here and there be recognised. 'Th'Owd Tup' and 'Th'Owd Hoss' in a very degenerate shape from the originals, appears to be the highest game the present young idea can shoot at. And then instead of going to respectable private houses, the lads take 'the publics,' getting that which is not good for them, and find inducements to turn that which is really an innocent enjoyment into something very much worse."

Worksop and District Notes appear under the Worksop Weekly News section of the newspaper, of which Mr. T.Ratcliffe and Mr. Belfit are named as the appointed agents. It is likely that Thomas Ratcliffe is the author of this article.

Index Terms:

Locations: Worksop, Notts. (SK5879)
Years: Publ. 1874
Subjects: *Play; Guisers; Mummers; "St. George"; "The King of Egypt"; Christmas; Th'Owd Tup; Th'Owd Hoss
People: Thomas Ratcliffe (Agent); Mr. Belfit (Agent)
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00215

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

Last Updated Apr 2005 by Dave Crowther.