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Customs in Common by E P Thompson

By E P Thompson

Customs in universal is the amazing better half to E. P. Thompson's landmark quantity of social background The Making of the English operating category. The fabricated from years of analysis and debate, Customs in universal describes the complicated tradition from which working-class associations emerged in England--a panoply of traditions and customs that the recent operating category fought to maintain good into Victorian occasions.

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The Members, IwO and two, with wool wigs, sashes. and cockades of the same. - Two Junior Stewards with each a while wand. _ 1 Deposilions and examinations in PRO, KB 1 . 3 . The offenders, who must have spenl some months in prison, were ordered 10 pay £80 (Q the prosecutor (their master): British Journal, 1 9 February 1 726; Newcastle Weekly Courant, 19 February 1726; Ipswich-Journal, 7 August 1725, cited by Malcolmson, op. , p. 160 (note 39), p. 157. 61 Spectators all that on us now do gaze, Behold once more the sons of Bishop Blaze, Who here are met in this association, To celebrate the King and Queen's C'ronation .

A great part of the gentry's appropriation of the labour value of "the poor" was mediated by their tenantry, by trade or by taxation. Physically they withdrew increasingly from face-to-face relations with the people in village and town. The rage for deer parks and the threat of poachers led to the closure of rights of way across their parks and their encirclement with high palings or walls; landscape gardening, with ornamental waters and fish ponds, menageries and valuable statuary, accentuated their seclusion and the defences of their grounds, which might be entered only through the high wrought-iron gates, watched over by the lodge.

One can see this in a literal sense. While the old saints' days were scattered liberally across the calendar, the Church's ritual calendar concentrated events into the months of light demands upon labour, from the winter to the spring, from Christmas to Easter. While the people still owed tribute to the last two dates, which remained as days of maximum communion, the eighteenth-century calendar of popular festivity coincides closely with the agrarian calendar. The village and town feasts for the dedication of churches - or wakes - had not only moved from the saints' days to the adjacent Sunday, but in most cases they had also been removed (where necessary) from the winter to the summer solstice.

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