Category Archives: Nottinghamshire Traditional Customs and Ceremonies

The Origins of Mothering Sunday and the Nottinghamshire Connection

by Ross Parish It seems no sooner have the Valentine’s Day displays have been packed away than it’s up with Mothering Sunday ones! Yet this is a custom with rather confused origins and again like Valentine’s Day nearly died out. … Continue reading

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Wife Selling in Nottingham

by Joe Earp The auction of a wife in the public market by her husband to us today appears to be a degrading and obscure act, to say the least. Thomas Hardy’s famous account of a wife being sold to … Continue reading

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The Old General: A Christmas Tradition

by Joe Earp Many residents and visitors to Hyson Green will fondly remember the Old General Public House. The pub unfortunately closed a few years ago. The pub building still survives standing on the corner of Radford Road and Bobbers … Continue reading

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An April custom: St George’s Day

by Ross Parish  St George’s Day nationwide appears to be having a comeback and Nottinghamshire has shown that it too is supporting this tradition. According to a correspondent of the NFWI states that at Ranby where a Mr Mason, went … Continue reading

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A Nottinghamshire calendar – Shrove Tuesday in Nottinghamshire

by Ross Parish Shrove Tuesday, marks the coming of Lent. The day today more often called by its secular name of pancake day. This as I am sure readers are aware was due to the fact that eggs had to … Continue reading

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January: Blessing the Plough

by Ross Parish  “Despite attuning to the needs of the present day, old customs and rites are not forgotten and are practised. One farmer breeds and works Suffolk Punches, another farmer maintains a herd of Highland Cattle and on Plough … Continue reading

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Beeston Carollers

by Ross Parish  A door step challenge I was only relating how it had been many years since I have heard a group of carol singers at the doorstep. Whilst it is true that carol singing is still a common … Continue reading

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