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William Hogarth 's engraving " Hudibras Encounters the Skimmington" illustration to Samuel Butler 's Hudibras  So-called "Rough Music" practices in England were known by many regional or local designations.
In the North the most commonly employed term was "stang riding", a stang being a long pole carried on the shoulders of two men between which an object or a person could be mounted. In the South, the term skimmington, or skimmington ride, was most commonly employed, a skimmington being a type of large wooden ladle with which an unruly wife might beat her husband.
Other terms include "lewbelling", "tin-panning", "ran tanning", a "nominey" or "wooset". The very essence of the practice was public humiliation of the victim under the eyes of their neighbours  Rough music practices were irregularly scattered throughout English communities in the nineteenth century.
In the twentieth they declined but endured in a few places, such as Rampton, Nottinghamshire Middleton Cheney and Blisworth s andNorthamptonshire. With a ran, tan, tan, On my old tin can, Mrs.
She bang'd him, she bang'd him, For spending a penny when he stood in need. She up with a three-footed stool; She struck him so hard, and she cut so deep, Till the blood run down like a new stuck sheep! Men who had allowed themselves to be dominated by their shrewish wives were liable to be targeted and a frieze from Montecute House, an Eizabethan Manor in Somerset depicts just such an occurrence.
However, in the nineteenth century the practice seems to have been somewhat refocused; whilst in the early period rough music was often used against men who had failed to assert their authority over their wives, by the end of the nineteenth century it was mostly targeted against men who had exceeded their authority by beating them.
Rough music song originating from South Stoke, Oxfordshire: Holler boys, holler boys, Holler boys, holler boys. God save the King. The participants were generally young men temporarily bestowed with the power of rule over the everyday affairs of the community.
However, rough music was also used as a sanction against those who committed certain species of economic crimes such as blocking footpaths, preventing traditional gleaning or profiteering at times of poor harvests.
Occupational groups, such as butchers, employed rough music against others in the same trade who refused to abide by the commonly agreed labour customs. The rationale for a skimmington varied, but one major theme was disapproval of a man for weakness in his relationship with his wife.
A description of the custom in cites three main targets: Some accounts describe the participants as carrying ladles and spoons with which to beat each other, at least in the case of skimmingtons prompted by marital discord.
The noisy parade passed through the neighbourhood, and served as a punishment to the offender and a warning to others to abide by community norms; Roberts suggests that the homes of other potential victims were visited in a pointed manner during a skimmington.
In Warwickshire, the custom was known as "loo-belling", and in northern England as "riding the stang". This had taken place annually, possibly for several centuries, in the early hours of the morning, to herald the start of Pack Monday Fair at Sherborne, Dorsetuntil it was banned by the police in because of hooliganism the previous year.
The participants march around the village for about an hour, rattling pans, dustbin lids, kettles and anything else that will make a noise.
It was first recorded in France, as a regular wedding activity to celebrate the nuptials at some point after the vows had been taken. But charivari achieved its greatest importance as it became transformed into a form of community censure against socially unacceptable marriages; for example, the marriage of widows before the end of the customary social period of formal mourning.
In the early 17th century at the Council of Toursthe Catholic Church forbade the ritual of charivari and threatened its practitioners with excommunication. It did not want the community taking on the judgment and punishment of parishioners. But the custom continued in rural areas.
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