Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

A.Cossons (1962)

Source:
Arthur Cossons (Auth.)
THE VILLAGERS REMEMBER
Transactions of the Thoroton Society, 1962, Vol.66, pp.67-82

Summarises information contained in entries to an essay competition run by the Nottinghamshire Local History Society in 1960 (see Nottinghamshire Countryside, 1959/1960). The essays entitled "The memories of a villager" were to be based on the entrants' own recollections of Notts., village life. The 66 entries are deposited in the Nottinghamshire Archives Office.

Information is described under the following headings; Agriculture, Crafts Trades Industries, Transport, The Squire, Domestic Life, Customs, Houses, Field Names, Education, Miscellaneous and Material Remains.

The customs mentioned include; Shrove Tuesday customs, Rantanning or Tinpanning, and Mumping on St. Thomas's Day. The competition announcement had particularly asked for information on Plough Monday, and a list is given of 24 places where this was mentioned. Places getting a more detailed mention were plays at Blidworth, Cropwell Butler (where the characters were Tom the Fool, Soldier, Lady Dame Jane, Beelzebub and Doctor), Ranby (Horse's Head and Morris Dancing), and Shelford (Plough trailing).

Index Terms:
Locations: Notts.; Blidworth, Notts. (SK5855); Cropwell Butler, Notts. (SK6837); Ranby, Notts. (SK5832); Shelford, Notts. (SK6642)
Years: Publ. 1962
Subjects: Plough Monday; Essay Competition; Customs; Shrove Tuesday; Rantanning; Tinpanning; Mumping; St. Thomas's Day; Plays; Tom the Fool; Soldier; Lady Dame Jane; Beelzebub; Doctor; Horse's Head; Morris Dancing; Plough trailing
People: Nottinghamshire Local History Council (Col.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00033

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Mar.1989

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