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Thread #29667   Message #407402
Posted By: Hawker
27-Feb-01 - 03:57 PM
Thread Name: Knocky Door Ginger
Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
Snuffy, Yes, I started there in '72!

Incidentally, I was researching the workshop I was running after school today, this afternoon (OOPS! left that a bit late!) and I came across a piece in a book about Shrovetide customs.... In Cornwall the Monday night preceeding Shrove Tuesday is known as Nick-a-Nan night. This is an old custom now not so common - basically knock and run / knocky nine doors or whatever, also the kids apprently got up to all sorts of mischief, hiding behind hedges and hosing people down with water or firing soot at passers by! If the knocking was answered with the owner presenting them with a plate of pancakes, the knockers would leave them alone! (Sounds very much like trick or treat to me - and my husband is adamant that Nick-a-Nan night is either Halloween or 5th November)

Lucy