Lancashire Wakes Week

Poole, Robert (1984) Lancashire Wakes Week. History Today, 34 (8). pp. 22-29.

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Abstract

Robert Poole examines the continuity over centuries of a tradition in northern England. There is no mistaking the lads and lasses of Lancashire [he wrote]. They dress like other people, but their speech betrays them. Their utter disregard of conventionality is a striking trait in their character. Every train bring.' huge crowds of them, with huge carpet bags, boxes, and bundle handkerchiefs, which they carry to their lodgings. These people mean business, and intend to play at least a week; in some cases ten days... It is the habit of half a dozen families to go the seaside together, and to take tea at each other's lodgings. Hospitality, it seems, was another wakes tradition which was carried on in a new way in the resorts. The railways did not 'kill' the Lancashire wakes; they simply transferred it, lock, stock and barrel, to the seaside.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: History Today
Publisher: History Today Ltd.
ISSN: 0018-2753
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of the Arts > Humanities
Pre 2016 Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 16:37
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 17:02
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/729

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