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Hoodening

Hodening elsewhere, Hoodening in Kent.

Hoodening takes place mainly at Christmas and the Hooden Horse was a fairly fearsome creature with large nails for teeth in a large wooden head. It was reported that the sight caused a woman in Broadsrairs in 1839 to die of fright.

At Reculver, only men who worked with horses during the year were allowed to go Hoodening and this appears to have been a common condition.

Modern versions were reported by Hole in 1976 in Folkestone, Charing and elsewhere. The Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore reports about 30 locations in East Kent but believed it to exist nowhere else.

Deal Hoodeners are still maintaining the tradition and others are known at St Nicholas at Wade, Sandgate and Whitstable.