The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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spinner is to split the top which is being aimed at, so as to release the peg, and the boy whose top has succeeded in splitting the other top obtains the peg as his trophy of victory. It is a matter of ambition to obtain as many pegs in this manner as possible.—London (G. L. Gomme). See " Peg-in-the-Ring," " Tops." .
Penny Cast
A game played with round flat stones, about four or six inches across, being similar to the game of quoits ; sometimes played with pennies when the hobs are a deal higher. It was not played with pennies in 1810.— Easther's Almondbury Glossary. In an article in Blackwood's Magazine, August 1821, p. 35, dealing with children's games, the writer says, Pennystanes are played much in the same manner as the quoits or discus of the ancient Romans, to which warlike people the idle tradesmen of Edinburgh probably owe this favourite game.
See " Penny Prick."
Penny Hop
A rude dance, which formerly took place in the common taverns of Sheffield, usually held after the bull-baiting.— Wilson's Notes to Mather's Songs, p. 74, cited by Addy, Sheffield Glossary.
Penny Prick
"A game consisting of casting oblong pieces of iron at a mark."—Hunter's Hallamsh. Gloss., p. 71. Grose explains it, " Throwing at halfpence placed on sticks which are called hobs."
Their idle houres, I meane all houres beside
Their houres to eate, to drinke, drab, sleepe, and ride,
They spend at shove-boord, or at pennie-pricke.
—Scots' Philomythie, 1616.
Halliwell gives these references in his Dictionary; Addy, Sheffield Glossary, describes it as above; adding, " An old game once played by people of fashion."
See " Penny Cast."
Penny Stanes See " Penny Cast."

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