Local Costume Records

 

Event Bells Ribbons Coloured faces Headgear Other

Gate to Southwell

‘bells'

 

 

 

‘coats'

Bradgate (Leics)

 

 

 

‘painted morris-dancers'

 

 

Revesby (Lincs)

 

decorated in ribbons

 

 

 

Threekingham (Lincs)

 

shirts with ribbons

 

 

 

Doncaster

 

profusion of ribbons

 

 

‘fantastically attired in dresses of every variety of colour'

Newstead Notts

Hawks bells

ribbands

 

 

 

Wheatley (Notts)

 

 

 

‘cowhides

horns '

Dancing in animal skins

Lincoln

 

Ribbon-bedecked

 

 

‘sword carrying'

Lincolnshire  (Mabel Peacock)

 

 

 

Ribbons in their hats/bunch of corn in their hats

 

Caunton (Notts)

 

coloured rags sown on their smocks

faces raddled

 

 

Hemswell

 

 

 

 

Hats trimmed with jewels

‘jumping over the broomstick'

Market Raisen (Lincs)

 

 

 

 

‘grotesque garb'

Messingham (Lincs)

 

 

?disguised?

 

‘dressed as morris dancers and disguised'

Kirton Lindsey (Peacock 1890)

 

 

 

very tall beribboned

hats (sword dancers)

white shirts over their clothes.

These shirts should

 be trimmed with

ribbons and other ornaments;

Pollington

bells on

boots

tatters

blackened

faces

 

‘tattered man'

Sutton Bridge

 

 

 

Tall hats

 

Wainfleet

 

 

 

Animal skin plus straw in mouth (pig's bristles)

Horses skull

 

Snaith

 

Jackets with ribbons pinned on like streamers

leader's face red and white stripes, rest blackened faces

‘led by a man wearing a bull's head...

 

bowlers, flat caps, trilbies

and carrying a club' no bells stripe of ribbon down leg of trousers

Lincolnshire (Cranwell/

Dowsby)

 

Covered all over with coloured tatters

 

tall hats

 

 

Holderness

Bell strap below knee

 

‘burnt cork used to blacken faces'

‘ordinary hats or failing a hat a tea-cosy with feathers thrust into the spout hole.'

Tattered jackets

Feathers thrust

 into any convenient place....boot tops,

 headgear,

tied to arms..

Brooches and badges

 

‘History of the county of Lincoln' J Saunders Jnr 1834 writing about the Haxey Hood

‘the plough bullocks or boggins.........they are dressed like morris dancers.'

 

Updated 10/11/2007 Chris Rose

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