British Popular Customs Present And Past - online book

A calendar of the traditional customs, practices & rituals of the British Isles.

Home Main Menu Order Support About Search

Share page  

Previous Contents Next

386                                 st. luke's day.                       [Oct. 18.
or was able to sustain the contest with superior address, he was rewarded with a brass collar. It was remarkable, however, that few of the bear's assailants could be induced to renew the fight after having once received the fraternal embrace.—Corry, History of Liverpool, 1810, p. 93.
Formerly, there existed in Hull a custom of whipping all the dogs that were found running about the streets on the 10th of October,* and at one time so common was the practice, that every little urchin considered it his duty to prepare a whip for any unlucky dog that might be seen in the street on that day.
Tradition assigns the following origin to the custom:— Previous to the suppression of monasteries in Hull, it was the custom for the monks to provide liberally for the poor and the wayfarer who came to the fair held annually on the 11th of October ; and while busy in this necessary preparation the day before the fair, a dog strolled into the larder, snatched up a joint of meat and decamped with it. The cooks gave the alarm, and when the dog got into the streets he was pursued by the expectants of the charity of the monks, who were waiting outside the gate, and made to give up the stolen joint. Whenever, after this, a dog showed his face while this annual preparation was going on, he was instantly beaten off. Eventually, this was taken up by the boys and, until the introduction of the new police, was rigidly put in practice by them every 10th of October.—N* & Q. 1st S. vol. viii. p. 409.
Oct. i 8.]                   ST. LUKE'S DAY.
At Charlton, a fair was held on this day, and was charac terized by several curious peculiarities. Every booth in th
* See St. Luke's Day.
Previous Contents Next