Cumbrian peasants/wedding guests et al. in rural Cumbria - between 1800 and 1825

from An Essay on the Character, Manners, and Customs of the Peasantry of Cumberland; and Observations on the Style and Genius of the [poet Robert Anderson], pages lv–lvii:

Among the peasantry of Cumberland, a Wedding-day is one continued scene of mirth and feasting, from morning till midnight.  Early in the day, the bridegroom, attended by a select party of his friends, well mounted, and all in their holiday dresses, proceed, at a quick trot, to the bride’s house, where the nuptial festival is always held.  On alighting, he takes a seat near his intended spouse, gives her a salute, and then joins the …   more >>

cite as

Robert Anderson, An Essay on the Character, Manners, and Customs of the Peasantry of Cumberland; and Observations on the Style and Genius of the [poet Robert Anderson]. In The Poetical Works of Robert Anderson, volume 1 (Carlisle, 1820), p. lv–lvii. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1658489060072 accessed: 29 November, 2022

location of experience: rural Cumbria

Listeners

Thomas Sanderson
Author, Poet, private tutor, Schoolmaster
1759-1829

Listening to

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violin or bagpipe music to accompany a wedding procession
music to accompany dancing

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1800 and 1825
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, outdoors, in public

Notes

Although Sanderson’s account of music-making and listening given here is not a unique experience, it is obviously based on first-hand observation of local peasant customs. His name has therefore been included as a listener.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 22 Jul 2022 12:24:20 +0100
Approved on Thu, 18 Aug 2022 14:36:43 +0100