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“Crying the Neck” - A Devonshire Custom

Trans. Devon Assoc., vol.  XXIII, 1891, pp. 353-370.


Frederick Thomas Elworthy

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Paper was presented at its July, 1891, Tiverton General Meeting. Crying The Neck is an ancient harvest festival tradition once widely practiced in Devon and also in Cornwall. The tradition rapidly declined when harvesting became mechanized. In earlier times, reaping was done with either a hook or a scythe. Consequently, the harvest might last several weeks. When the last handful of corn (the neck) was reaped, one of the harvesters would raise it high above his head and shout, or cry in a loud voice. That early agrarian tradition is no longer practiced in Devon. However, it was revived in Cornwall in the early 20th century by the Old Cornwall Society. The author was a philologist and antiquarian, born in Wellington, Somerset. His extensive obituary is available in GENUKI. The Paper, from a copy of a rare journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Abel 359
Adonis 369
Apollo 366
Artemis 366
Bohn, Henry George 356
Brand, John 355-6, 358-9, 362, 364
Bray, Mrs. Anna Eliza 355, 357
Brüd 365
Ceres 359-60
Clarke, Dr. E.D. 360
Couch, Arthur Quiller 355
Couch, Jonathan 355
David, King 366
D’Aviella, Count Goblet 353, 364
Deucalion 364
Diodorus 369
Dobb, Tom 354
Elworthy, F.T. 355
Fraser, James George 357, 360, 367, 370
Hamilton, Sir Robert 355
Heinrich, G.A. 367
Hentzner, Paul 359
Hibbert, Robert 353, 367
Hone, William 357, 362
Jackson, Miss G.F. 357
Le Brun, Pierre 368
Leto 366
Linus 369
Loveband, Rev. W.C. 354
Mannhardt, Wilhelm 360, 367-8
Martin 365
Moresin 359
Newman, Rev. Rowland 355
North, Frederick North, Lord 355
Pausanias 360, 369
Pinkerton, John 365
Purchas, Samuel 360-1
Sayce, A.H. 367
Wiclif, John 370
Williams, Monier 364
Worth, Mr. Richard Nicholls 355