The Wood Eaves

Cowling, Jane
July 1995
Medieval English Theatre;1995, Vol. 17, p20
Academic Journal
The article offers the author's insights regarding her research concerning folk customs and gentry entertainment in the Isle of Wight in Newport, England. She mentions that a procession round Newport calling on every burgess to attend the bailiffs at the wood eaves of Parckhurst was conducted each year after May Day. She states that the processions link Newport and the forest and its formality affirms status, emphasising the importance placed on rank at the local level. Moreover, she adds that annual ceremony at the wood eaves was abolished by an ordinance agreed in the Court of Common Council in 1621 wherein the abolition of Newport's May-games show the importance of socio-economic and political influences in studying the loss of folk and other para-dramatic activities.


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