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HOCKTIDE AT HUNGERFORD: THE TUTTY-MEN AND THE TOWN CRIER

HOCKTIDE AT HUNGERFORD: THE TUTTY-MEN AND THE TOWN CRIER

Hocktide, the old English holiday kept on the Monday and Tuesday after Easter, died out in the eighteenth century. On Monday the men bound any girl they met with a rope, releasing her for a small sum to be given to the Church. On the next day the women did' the same by the men. But Hungerford, Berks, has a variant of this old custom. The Tutty-men (bottom, and top left), carrying decorated poles, demand kisses of the women and money from the men. The Town Crier (top right) previously parades the town.

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