Old English Sports, Pastimes and Customs
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Old English Sports, Pastimes and Customs

By P. H. (Peter Hampson) Ditchfield
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  • The Project Gutenberg eBook, Old English Sports, by Peter Hampson Ditchfield
  • E-text prepared by Jonathan Ingram, Richard J. Shiffer, and the Project Gutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team
  • OLD ENGLISH SPORTS
    • Pastimes and Customs
      • BY
    • BY
    • P.H. DITCHFIELD, M.A.
  • PREFACE.
  • CONTENTS.
  • OLD ENGLISH SPORTS.
  • CHAPTER I.
    • JANUARY.
      • Dedication Festivals—New Year's Day—"Wassail"—Twelfth Night—"King of the Bean"—St. Distaff's Day—Plough Monday—Winter Games—Skating—Sword-dancing.
    • Dedication Festivals—New Year's Day—"Wassail"—Twelfth Night—"King of the Bean"—St. Distaff's Day—Plough Monday—Winter Games—Skating—Sword-dancing.
  • CHAPTER II.
    • FEBRUARY.
      • Hunting—Candlemas Day—St. Blaize's Day—Shrove-tide— Football—Battledore and Shuttlecock—Cock-throwing.
    • Hunting—Candlemas Day—St. Blaize's Day—Shrove-tide— Football—Battledore and Shuttlecock—Cock-throwing.
  • CHAPTER III.
    • MARCH.
      • Archery—Lent—"Mothering" Sunday—Palm Sunday— "Shere" Thursday—Watching the Sepulchre.
    • Archery—Lent—"Mothering" Sunday—Palm Sunday— "Shere" Thursday—Watching the Sepulchre.
  • CHAPTER IV.
    • APRIL.
      • Easter Customs—Pace Eggs—Handball in Churches—Sports confined to Special Localities—Stoolball and Barley-brake —Water Tournament—Quintain—Chester Sports—Hock-tide.
    • Easter Customs—Pace Eggs—Handball in Churches—Sports confined to Special Localities—Stoolball and Barley-brake —Water Tournament—Quintain—Chester Sports—Hock-tide.
  • CHAPTER V.
    • MAY.
      • May Day Festivities—May-pole—Morris-dancers—The Book of Sports—Bowling—Beating the Bounds—George Herbert's description of a Country Parson.
    • May Day Festivities—May-pole—Morris-dancers—The Book of Sports—Bowling—Beating the Bounds—George Herbert's description of a Country Parson.
  • CHAPTER VI.
    • JUNE.
      • Whitsuntide Sports—Church-ales—Church-house—Quarter-staff —Whistling and Jingling Matches—St. John's Eve—Wrestling.
    • Whitsuntide Sports—Church-ales—Church-house—Quarter-staff —Whistling and Jingling Matches—St. John's Eve—Wrestling.
  • CHAPTER VII.
    • JULY.
      • Cricket—Club-ball—Trap-ball—Golf—Pall-mall—Tennis— Rush-bearing
    • Cricket—Club-ball—Trap-ball—Golf—Pall-mall—Tennis— Rush-bearing
  • CHAPTER VIII.
    • AUGUST.
      • Lammas Day—St. Roch's Day—Harvest-home—"Ten-pounding"— Sheep-shearing—"Wakes"—Fairs.
    • Lammas Day—St. Roch's Day—Harvest-home—"Ten-pounding"— Sheep-shearing—"Wakes"—Fairs.
  • CHAPTER IX.
    • SEPTEMBER.
      • Hawking—Michaelmas—Bull and Bear-baiting.
    • Hawking—Michaelmas—Bull and Bear-baiting.
  • CHAPTER X.
    • OCTOBER.
      • Tournaments—Mysteries—Moralities—Pageants.
    • Tournaments—Mysteries—Moralities—Pageants.
  • CHAPTER XI.
    • NOVEMBER.
      • All-hallow Eve—"Soul Cakes"—Diving for Apples—The Fifth of November—Martinmas—Demands Joyous—Indoor Games.
    • All-hallow Eve—"Soul Cakes"—Diving for Apples—The Fifth of November—Martinmas—Demands Joyous—Indoor Games.
  • CHAPTER XII.
    • DECEMBER.
      • St. Nicholas Day—The Boy Bishop—Christmas Eve—Christmas Customs—Mummers—"Lord of Misrule"—Conclusion.
    • St. Nicholas Day—The Boy Bishop—Christmas Eve—Christmas Customs—Mummers—"Lord of Misrule"—Conclusion.
  • FOOTNOTES
  • INDEX.
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