Samuel PepysItem of the Month
ImageNews Image About Us Image Membership Image Events Image Links Image

 

Image of public notice

Hoop-Driving

  • Public Notice issued by Hastings Watch Committee
  • By the Hastings Improvement Act a penalty of 40 shillings is imposed
    for the offence of Driving a Hoop in the Public Streets, Passages,
    or Places in the Town
  • Town Hall, Hastings, 13 November 1845
  • Printed by H. Winter, Stationer, 59 George Street, Hastings
  • 222 x 279mm (8¾ x 11in)
  •  

Image of girl with hoop It's hard to imagine the children's game of hoop & stick could be anything but a pleasant pastime but in the reign of Queen Victoria it became a public nuisance on the streets of the nation.

Questions were raised in parliament and one misguided member of the house attempted to bring a bill forward to ban the activity.

The leisure activity moved from the genteel surroundings of the gardens and parks predominantly frequented by the middle class to the streets and pavements of towns and cities where exuberant youths driving their metal hoops lost control, causing chaos and mayhem to both pedestrians and horse-drawn vehicles.

Image of boys hoop-driving

 

This regular feature shows special items from members’ own collections. Submissions by email should include a scan of the item.

Spacer
Ephemera - minor transient documents of every day life