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"344                               st. james's day.                      [July 25
Item for three calves and half a lamb, viii8 iid.
Item paid five days board of one Pyke Propyrte, making for himself and his servant one day, and for his horses pasture vi. days, i8 iv4.
Item paid to turners of spits and for salt, ixd.
Item for iv chickens for the gentlemen, iv
Item for fish and bread and setting up the stages, iv*.
Item to John Beecher for painting of three Fanchoms and four Tormentors.
Item to Giles Ashwell for easement of his croft to play in, i8.
Item to John Hobarde, Brotherhood Priest, for the play book, ii8 viiid.
Antiquarian Bepertory, 1808, vol. iii. p. 320.
To the west of Wereham Church, Norfolk, a well, called St. Margaret's, was much frequented in the times of Popery. Here, on St. Margaret's Day, the people regaled themselves with ale and cakes, music and dancing. Alms were given, and offerings and vows made, at sainted wells of this kind. —Excursions in the County of Norfolk, 1829, vol. ii. p. 145.
July 22.]               ST. BRIDGETS EVE.
On St. Bridget's Eve every farmer's wife in Ireland makes a cake, called Bairinbreac ; the neighbours are invited, the madder of ale and the pipe go round, and the evening concludes with mirth and festivity.—Col. Vallancey, Essay on the Antiquity of the Irish Language, Yll% p. 21; see Fosbroke's Encyclopaedia of Antiquities, 1840, p. 657.
July 25.]                  ST. JAMES'S DAY.
It is customary in London to begin eating oysters on St. James's Day, and in the course of the few days following
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