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cuddlekins
03-20-2011, 01:13 PM
Does anyone know what prize clogging is? I think it is some type of contest or something where people used to place bets at bars where prize clogging used to be held.

Priene
03-20-2011, 01:30 PM
This (http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/england/lancashire/folklore/the-feytin-ape.html), probably.

cuddlekins
03-20-2011, 01:38 PM
This (http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/england/lancashire/folklore/the-feytin-ape.html), probably.


It could be. Thank you for the link.

I actually inherited some property in Saddleworth that once belonged to my stepmum's family. There was a chest full of personal diaries that belonged to my stepmum's mother and an entry from 1919 mentions 'Prize Clogging'.

Tsu Dho Nimh
03-21-2011, 12:20 AM
Could also refer to getting a prize FOR clogging (the dance done in really noisy shoes0

cuddlekins
03-21-2011, 01:07 PM
Could also refer to getting a prize FOR clogging (the dance done in really noisy shoes0

It could, but there is a mention of the two 'opponents' being 'naked'. Did people dance naked?

Priene
03-21-2011, 01:24 PM
Could also refer to getting a prize FOR clogging (the dance done in really noisy shoes0

It could be, but that link refers to a practice in Oldham, Lancs, which is right next to Saddleworth, where Cuddlekin's family came from. If they're not referring to the same thing, that's a big coincidence.

Mac H.
03-21-2011, 03:46 PM
It could, but there is a mention of the two 'opponents' being 'naked'. Did people dance naked?


Up and Down Fighting

Clog fighting, locally called 'purring' was a means of settling disputes. Both the fighting and the betting among spectators was illegal.

"It is all up and down fighting here. They fought quite naked, excepting their clogs. When one has the other down on the ground he first endeavours to choke him by squeezing his throat, then he kicks him on the head with his clogs. Sometimes they are very severely injured."

Ref: http://chrisbrady.itgo.com/clogmaker/clogmaker2.htm
This seems consistent with other references.

Mac
(PS: I got excited for a moment when I found a reference in an old Scottish law to "That every person who shall keep, or use, or act in the management of any place for the purpose of fighting or baiting any bull, bear, badger, clog, cock, or other kind of animal..."

It turned out to be an OCR mistake ... it should have read 'dog' !)