The history of the county of Gloucester: compressed, and brought down to the year 1803 ... (Google eBook)

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Printed for the author, by G. F. Harris, 1803 - Gloucestershire (England)
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Page 386 - The rites begin with spilling some of the caudle on the ground, by way of libation: on that, every one takes a cake of oatmeal, upon which are raised nine square knobs, each dedicated to some particular being, the supposed preserver of their flocks and herds, or to some particular animal, the real destroyer of them: each person then turns his face to the fire, breaks off a knob, and flinging it over his shoulders, says, This I give to thee, preserve thou my horses; this to thee, preserve thou my...
Page 386 - This I give to thee, preserve thou my horses ; this to thee, preserve thou my sheep ; and so on.' After that, they use the same ceremony to the noxious animals : ' This I give to thee, O fox ! spare thou my lambs ; this to thee, O hooded crow ! this to thee, O eagle...
Page 386 - Pennant tells us, that on the first of May, in the Highlands of Scotland, the Herdsmen of every Village hold their Beltein, a rural Sacrifice: They cut a square Trench in the Ground, leaving the Turf in the Middle; on that they make a Fire of Wood, on which they dress a large Caudle of Eggs, Butter, Oat-meal and Milk, and bring besides the Ingredients of the Caudle, Plenty of Beer and Whiskey ; for each of the Company must contribute something.
Page 386 - ... on which they dress a large caudle of eggs, butter, oatmeal and milk; and bring, besides the ingredients of the caudle, plenty of beer and whisky; for each of the company must contribute something. The rites begin...
Page 42 - On the eve of Twelfth-day all the servants of every farmer assemble together in one of the fields that has been sown with wheat. At the end of twelve...
Page 387 - This I give to thee, O fox ! spare thou my lambs; this to thee, O hooded crow ! this to thee, O eagle !' When the ceremony is over, they dine on the caudle; and after the feast is finished, what is left is hid by two persons deputed for that purpose; but on the next Sunday they re-assemble, and finish the reliques of the first entertainment.
Page 43 - ... soaked in cider, which they claim as a reward for their past labours in sowing the grain. This seems to resemble a custom of the ancient Danes who, in their addresses to their rural deities, emptied, on every invocation, a cup in honour of them.
Page 96 - The iron manufactory," writes Rev. T. Rudge, at the beginning of this century, "is still carried on, and the metal is esteemed peculiarly good ; but its goodness does not arise from any extraordinary qualities in the ore, but from the practice of working the furnace and forges with charcoal wood, without any mixture of pit coal. The quantity of charcoal required is so considerable, that the furnace cannot be kept in blow...
Page 96 - Lancashire ore in the furnace requires fifteen or sixteen sacks of charcoal. When the furnace is at work, about twenty tons a week are reduced to pig-iron : in this state it is carried to the forges, where about eight tons a week are hammered out into bars, ploughshares, Kc. ready for the smith.
Page 185 - It consists of a nave and chancel, with a tower at the west end, containing one bell only.

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