This video features a man reading a Cock Horse menu from the 1940’s – the back of the menu features the restaurant’s history. (WARNING: snickering about name of restaurant in video – still a good find)
“Cock Horse” can mean a high-spirited horse, and the additional horse to assist pulling a cart or carriage up a hill. From the mid-sixteenth century it also meant a pretend Hobby horse or an adult’s knee.
Historian and Genealogist Lynda Ames remembers her grandmother reciting the old rhyme, Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross
Says Lynda, “You cross your legs and place your small child on your extended foot. Holding their hands, you lift and lower your foot (in a riding motion) and recite to them”:
Ride a Cockhorse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a fine horse
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall make music wherever she goes.
The Village Blacksmith – Longfellow – click to read the PDF!