Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

"J.Granby" (1960a)

Source:
"John Granby" (Auth.)
*LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: Old customs still exist - but some have a "new look" [Plough Monday in Notts.]
*Nottinghamshire Guardian, *12th Mar.1960

Article on extant customs in Nottinghamshire.

"The Monday closest to that date (January 6) is Plough Monday, the day on which the plough was taken round a parish by youths and men, who probably never knew that the money collected from cottagers and others was originally for the maintenance of the farmers' light in church and pocketed it for themselves.

This lingered long into the Victorian era at Radford and Bulwell, but roughness crept in and it was generally abandoned, though the accompanying folk-drama and mumming seem never to have quite died out locally. Mrs. Chaworth-Musters's 'Cavalier Stronghold' gives full details of the play as performed at Wiverton 50 years ago; early in the present century it was flourishing at Caunton, and since then it has been revived at Tollerton and East Markham and perhaps elsewhere."

Other customs mentioned include ringing the pancake-bell on Shrove Tueday, sports and games on hills on the same day, Mothering Sunday, simnel cakes, and clipping the church.

Index Terms:
Locations: Radford, Notts. (SK5440); Bulwell, Notts. (SK5345); Wiverton, Notts. (SK7136); Tollerton, Notts. (SK6134); East Markham, Notts. (SK7472); Caunton, Notts. (SK7460)
Years: Publ. 1960; Perf. 1910
Subjects: Plough Trailing; Play; Farmers' Lights; Plough Monday; Mumming; Chaworth-Musters (1890); Mumming; Pancake-Bell; Shrove Tueday; Mothering Sunday; Simnel Cakes; Clipping the Church
People: William Elliott Doubleday (Auth.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00052; Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, 1959-61, p.20

Indexed by Idwal Jones. Last updated Jul.2004

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