18 comments on “Tin-kettling, a dangerous wedding tradition!

  1. The Tussie Mussie post sheds a whole new light on wedding traditions… I’m refraining from writing my firts thoughts re weddings, I hate being a hater, and if I have any associated negativity I have only myself to blame.
    I went a country wedding, where the location of where the bride and groom were spending their wedding night was OTT top secret as there were some weird young male cousins who were quite open about their intent to disrupt the happy couple’s evening. Now from your post I understand it was a rough self-serving approximation of tin-kettling 🙂

    • I think that tin-kettling started off as a friendly way to send off the happy couple to their new life and ended up as the local louts using it as an excuse for hooliganism. It doesn’t surprise me that your country bride and groom were doing their best to keep it all quiet from their immature cousins.

      I am not a wedding person either, and have managed to avoid getting married so far! I have been to two that were great. Quiet, private and happy. The rest have been just for the sake of appearances, blah.

  2. I’ve recently bought something similar with two volumes of John Roby’s ‘Lancashire Myths and Legends’ where the guy went around the county recording all the local stories before they vanished and published in 1829. It’s a bit older than yours and sadly probably doesn’t include Lancashire traditions like tin-kettling. It looks pretty dense and fanciful, but instead I have the likes of the Goblin Builders, the Mermaid of Martin Mere, The Spectre Horseman, and the Black Knight of Ashton to look forward to.

    • That sounds like a great book. I love that there are people out there preserving old traditions and songs, and people that still buy the books! I’m going to have to look up the Goblin Builders now 😀

    • I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a tin-kettling, that’s for sure.
      With all the expectations of a wedding night I can imagine that there were a few frustrated grooms that did something they later regretted to those who were members of the tin can band!

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