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Notes & Queries No. 29, Saturday, May 18, 1850

A Medium of Inter-Communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, Etc.

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1850
Language: English
Wordcount: 14,947 / 53 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.1
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 555
Added to site: 2005.03.01 9872
Genre: Periodical

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Throwing Old Shoes at a Wedding.--At a wedding lately, the bridesmaids, after accompanying the bride to the hall-door, threw into the carriage, on the departure of the newly-married couple, a number of old shoes which they had concealed somewhere. On inquiry, I find this custom is not uncommon; I should be glad to be favoured with any particulars respecting its origin and meaning, and the antiquity of it.


[We have some NOTES on the subject of throwing Old Shoes after a person as a means of securing them good fortune, which we hope to insert in an early Number.]

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_Sir Thomas Boleyn's Spectre_.--Sir Thomas Boleyn, the father of the unfortunate Queen of Henry VIII., resided at Blickling, distant about fourteen miles from Norwich, and now the residence of the dowager Lady Suffield. The spectre of this gentleman is believed by the vulgar to be doomed, annually, on a certain night in the year, to dr



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