Thursday, 4 November 2010

This a a U.P.I which is ..........

either a Useful or Useless Piece of Information depending on your own point of view.

A Mop Fair was traditionally held on 12th October for the hiring of servants for the coming year.  Apparently a 100 year or so tradition.

Each hiree would wear a token of their employment, i.e. a mop for a maid, a piece of straw of a thatcher, etc. and to signify being hired they would receive a Shilling's payment from their new employer for the year's employment. 

There may have been a "fastpenny" payment involved as well, but as I am uncertain the exactly what that there means yet I can't elucidate.

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