mell supper


mell supper
   'Mell' was the dialect word for the last sheaf cut in the *harvest field across the northern counties of England, and the Mell Supper was the Harvest Home gathering to celebrate. In addition to the general feasting and dancing, there was a tradition in some areas for certain 'acts' to be performed - one given in full by Gutch comprises a sung dialogue between Polly and, in succession, an old man, an old lady, and a squire, and the latter she decides to marry. Another feature was a visit from the *Guisers, and it was customary to make a show of resistance to their entry (Blakeborough, 1898: 85-6).
   ■ Wright, EDD, 1903: iv. 82-3; Gutch, 1901: 257-66

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