Customs and Traditions

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Victorian illustration to download showing a village choir singing Christmas carols in the squire’s house. The squire and his wife…

Victorian illustration to download showing an Irish tradition, the breaking of the cake cooked on New Year’s Eve. A boy…

Victorian illustration to download showing an Irish tradition, the baking of a cake on New Year’s Eve. The cake cooks…

Victorian illustration to download showing an 18th-century scene: dancers at a Christmas ball pause under the mistletoe.

Victorian illustration to download showing a country family gathering holly and a Christmas tree and loading them on a donkey…

Victorian illustration to download showing a man standing at the Bar of the House of Commons, accompanied by the Sergeant-at-Arms…

Victorian illustration to download showing a baker’s boy delivering hot cross buns for Good Friday to a family standing outside…

Victorian illustration to download showing a Devonshire Twelfth Night custom: men fire guns at cider apple trees to ensure a…

Victorian illustration showing children at a children's party grouped round a Christmas tree lit with candles. Parents and adults look…

Victorian illustration showing morris dancers performing in front of a village inn. The landlady brings out a jug of ale…

Victorian illustration showing a traditional Irish custom, Chalk Sunday. Young women and boys tease bachelors by marking their clothes with…

Victorian illustration showing men, women and children at a Christmas party playing the game of snapdragon. They are snatching raisins…

A Scottish piper wearing kilt and plaid plays his bagpipes to welcome the laird and his wife back to their…

Victorian picture showing a family gathering and ducking for apples.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a family celebrating round a tall Christmas tree.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of New Year's Eve celebrations at the squire's house with the village choir…

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the wax effigies in Westminster Abbey. The custom was for these effigies…

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a Chinese New Year procession. Men prance wearing a dragon mask and…

Victorian picture showing a ducking stool with a young woman in 18th-century dress.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the regalia, or Crown Jewels, of England.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of four young women gathered round the fire on All Hallows Eve (October…

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of an old harvest custom, 'cutting the neck', the last patch of wheat.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a mother and three children decorating their Christmas tree. A little girl…

Charming Victorian picture to download showing a drawing of children in a May Day procession carrying a garland.

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of children, a boy and a girl, delivering Christmas holly in a street;…