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Wiltshire Community History

Folk Play Information

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TitleWassail
Alternative Title
WordsChidlaw, Richard
Collected FromFrankcom, [Granny]
Occupation
Age
Date
LocationOaksey
CountyWiltshire
Source Primary
Source Secondary
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Note 1

The Oaksey wassailers went round all the little villages, dressed up in their old white smocks, slouch hats, corduroy trousers and tied baggy at the knee. The man in front wore the mask of a cow, had a long curved painted thing (a horn?) hung round his neck and he carried the “walsailing” bowl. The best bowl would have a silver or brass rim, but the ordinary one was maple. These were decorated with evergreens. When they sang, the man with the mask would prance about.

Note 2

The details of the Oaksey wassail were collected by Richard Chidlaw and passed to me by Gwilym Davies, of Gloucestershire who has been researching wassailing in that county. My thanks to both for their permission to reproduced the text.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2012.

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