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Retford & Gainsborough Times (1884)

[Anon. (Auth.)]
Worksop Weekly News: CHRISTMAS AT THE WORKHOUSE [Mummering Worksop, Notts.]
Retford & Gainsborough Times, 26th Dec.1884, No.765, p.5e

Description of the Christmas feast at the workhouse. The building was decorated and various patrons attended.

"The lads in the house did not forget their old traditions, but went into the 'mummering' business in a manner which showed that they quite appreciated the thing, even if they did not understand it. They decked themselves out for the play, and he that was not 'St. George' was the 'Doctor' or if not 'Beelzebub' was 'Devil Doubt' and so on. They had a merry time and perhaps they sang:

'God rest you merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay. For Christ our Lord, the Saviour was born on Christmas Day'"

Index Terms:
Locations: Worksop, Notts. (SK5879)
Years: Perf. 1884
Subjects: Play; Christmas; Mummering; St. George; Doctor; Beelzebub; Devil Doubt; Workhouse; Feast
Archives: Ref.: TD00222

Indexed by Dave Crowther. Last updated Apr.2005

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