Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times (1901)


[Anon.] (Auth.)
WORKSOP COMMENTS [Christmas Plays]
Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times, 4th Jan.1901, No.1601, p.2a

"At this season of the year there is always a good deal of 'noting' about old Christmas customs, and of these things there is more said about the 'mumming' than anything else. In this district the lads go about with 'St. George,' which has also other names. There are a many readings, or rather should I say playings, of this piece, and it is impossible to get a version which anyone can call the correct one. Of the dozen or so which I have noted, there does not appear to be a complete one, and most of them are mixed up with other matter. But it is an interesting subject all the same, and I should like to see a printed copy a hundred years old. Then the lads have 'T'Owd Tup' which is a much garnished version of 'The Derby Tup' or 'Ram', for in the county either name holds good. The tup as given by the lads here is a very broad rendering of the Darby ditty, and even the good 'fowk o' Darby' do not know which rendering is the right one. It is the same with 'T'Owd Hoss' and though I have tried scores of times I cannot get a clear version of it. I have a quantity of mangled remains of 'T'Owd Hoss' out of which it is impossible to make a whole animal. These are the Christmassy things among the curious items known in connection with this season of the year."

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Locations: Worksop, Notts. (SK5879)
Years: Publ. 1901
Subjects: Plays; Mumming; Christmas; "St. George"; T'Owd Tup; T'Owd Hoss; "The Derby Tup"; "The Derby Ram"
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00229

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