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Berkshire

A county in the midlands of England, bordering on London and forming part of the Cotswolds. It has one of the collected Morris traditions (see below):

Traditions:

Berkshire is also the home of probably the only surviving celebtration of Hocktide, at Hungerford. The festivities apparently involved men tying up women and demanding payment or a kiss if they were to be released, with the fortunes being reversed the next day. Hocktide was traditionally the Monday and Tuesday following Low Sunday (second after Easter). Once widespread, it was often held in disrepute and banned more than once. It had been fairly well subdued by the start of the 18th century.