Retford & Gainsborough Times (1874)
WORKSOP AND DISTRICT NOTES: ABOUT CHRISTMAS
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.
Worksop, Notts. (SK5879)
*Play; Guisers; Mummers; "St. George"; "The King of Egypt"; Christmas; Th'Owd Tup; Th'Owd Hoss
Thomas Ratcliffe (Agent); Mr. Belfit (Agent)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00215
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