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Skimmington
Skimmington Skim"ming*ton, n. [Etymol. uncertain. Perhaps the name of some notorius scold.] A word employed in the phrase, To ride Skimmington; that is to ride on a horse with a woman, but behind her, facing backward, carrying a distaff, and accompanied by a procession of jeering neighbors making mock music; a cavalcade in ridicule of a henpecked man. The custom was in vogue in parts of England.

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- Charivari (or shivaree or chivaree) or skimmington (or skimmington ride in England; German: Katzenmusik; Dutch: Ketelmuziek) was a folk custom in which...
- Valley, are two distinct hamlets, Skimmington and Flanchford. Skimmington is a small hamlet made up of Skimmington Cottages, Heathfield Farm and Nursery...
- M**** or in the market place on market day or informal action such as a Skimmington ride. They were usually of local manufacture with no standard design...
- tools of unofficial mob justice. In folk customs such as the English skimmington rides and rough music (and their continental equivalents, such as the...
- publicly shame Henchard and Lucetta, creating effigies of them in a skimmington ride. Lucetta is so devastated by the spectacle that she collapses, has...
- through public rituals, such as "rough music", the cucking stool and the skimmington ride. In Thomas Harman’s Caveat for Common Cursitors 1566 a ‘walking...
- beating in his stead but he declines the offer. They are interrupted by a skimmington, a procession where women are celebrated and men made fools. After haranguing...
- Earlswood and Salfords Horley Sidlow Reigate, Gatton, South Park, Flanchford/Skimmington/Wonham Mill (hamlets) and Woodhatch Walton-on-the-Hill and Mogador/Margery...
- and compensation were frequent. The disafforestations caused riots and Skimmington processions resulting in the destruction of enclosures and reoccupation...
- Nevertheless, many tactics were shared, including the use of traditional "Lady Skimmington" costume and parades to show community disapproval and organise action...
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