Page:Folk-lore - A Quarterly Review. Volume 26, 1915.djvu/390

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Catalogue of Brand Material.

II. General Observances.

(a) Visiting Mother Church (obso- lete) - - - - Church-going generally

[h) Visiting Parents ^ -

(c) Taking Gifts to Parents -

[d) Special Cakes for Presentation

by Visitors.^

Mothering Cakes (iced and

ornamented) made and

sold) 3 . . . .

LOCALITY.

Lichfield (Cath'l Reg.).

Herefordshire Worcester- shire (Stoulton).

Devon, Gloucester (Bris- tol, Haresfield, Rand- wick, Stroud and dis- trict, Wotton-under- Edge), Hants (?), Here- fordshire, Lanes. (Alt- car), Leics., Monmouth (Chepstow), Northants. (partially observed), Notts., South Salop (Aston Botterel, Lud- low, Church Stretton, and all county as far north as Tong), Somer- set, South Staffs. (Bre- wood, Shenstone, Black Country), Worcester- shire (Alvechurch, Stoulton, Worcester), Warwickshire, Yorks.

Devon, Gloucester (Bris- tol, Randwick, Stroud, St. Briavel's), Lanes. (Altcar), Monmouth (Chepstow), Somerset, Worcestershire (Stoul- ton), Yorks.

Bristol, Stroud, Hereford,

1 " On Midlent Sunday above all other

Every good child should dine with its mother."

— Baker's Northants Glossary. - The " correct " usage was for the donor personally to make the cake, but naturally this has fallen greatly out of use ; and one authority (Mrs. Hewett) even describes a Devonshire mother as herself preparing the "mothering cake" for her children.

S Readers interested in the influence of commerce on folklore will note that the icing of the cakes can only have become customary since sugar ceased to be a rarity, and