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Hutton Webster,

1909

BRITISH
POPULAR CUSTOMS

PRESENT AND PAST

ILLUSTRATING THE SOCIAL AND DOMESTIC

MANNERS OF THE PEOPLE

ARRANGED
ACCORDING TO THE CALENDAR OF THE YEAR

BY THE REV.

T. F. THISELTON DYER, M.A.

PEMBROKE COLLEGE, OXON.

LONDON

GEORGE BELL & SONS

1900

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REIRINTED FROM STEREOTIPE PLATES BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS LIMITED,

STAMFORD STREET AND CHARING CROSS.

PREFACE.

In presenting the following pages to the Public I do not lay claim to any originality, my object simply having been to collect together, into a readable and condensed form, from various sources within my reach, accounts of Customs which, if not already obsolete, are quickly becoming so.

With regard to the general plan of the book, it speaks for itself. It should, however, be stated that the movable feasts are placed under the earliest days on which they can fall.

In conclusion, I would only add that I am much indebted to Mr. James Britten, of the British Museum, for the valuable help and suggestions which he has given me whilst passing the proof-sheets through the Press.

T. F. THISELTON DYER. September 15th, 1875.

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