Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

L.Jewitt (1853)

Source:
Llewellynn Jewitt (Auth.)
ON ANCIENT CUSTOMS AND SPORTS OF THE COUNTY OF NOTTINGHAM
Journal of the British Archaeological Association, *1853, Vol.8, pp.229-240

A rambling general summary of customs in Notts. It followed two similar papers concerning Cheshire and Derbyshire, and a certain amount of extrapolation from these counties is evident.

Among the customs covered are; drawing lots for Valentines near Mansfield, the blessing of St. Ann's Well, Nottingham on Easter Monday and of another well at Newark, a May-pole at Hucknall Folkard [presumably meant to be Hucknall Torkard], divination on All Hallows at Lenton, the perambulation of crib called a Wassail Cup at Christmas, and Groaning Cakes & Cheeses - a birth custom.

He quotes Deering's description of the Midsummer's Eve watch at Nottingham.

The description of Christmas says "... the mummers, or guisors, pass from house to house, and still perform their play of St. George..."

Also; "On Plough Monday, as well as during the Christmas holidays, the plough bullocks are still to be seen in various parts of the country. This extremely picturesque and popular custom, - with its plough, drawn by farmer's men, gaily dressed in ribbands, its drivers, with their long wands and bladders, its sword-dancers, its fool and its celebrated Bessy, and hobby-horse, - I have described in my Derbyshire paper; it will therefore be sufficient to say, that amongst other places the neighbourhoods of Newstead, Mansfield, and Southwell, are still famous for its observance, and that it has been well described by Washington Irving in his Newstead Abbey."

Index Terms:
Locations: St. Ann's Well, Nottingham, Notts. (SK5741); Nottingham, Notts. (SK5739); Newark, Notts. (SK7953); Hucknall Folkard, Notts. (SK5349); Hucknall Torkard, Notts. (SK5349); Newstead, Notts. (SK5252); Mansfield, Notts. (SK5361); Southwell, Notts. (SK7053); Notts.; Derbys.; Lenton, Notts. (SK5539)
Years: *Publ. 1853
Subjects: Valentines; Well Blessing; Easter Monday; May-pole; Divination; All Hallows; Wassail Cup; Christmas; Groaning Cakes; Groaning Cheeses; Birth Custom; Deering (date unknown); Midsummer's Eve Watch; Mummers; Guisors; Play; St. George; Plough Monday; Plough Bullocks; Plough Trailing; Sword-Dancers; Fool; Bessy; Hobby-horse; Irving,W. (1835)
Archives: Ref.: TD00066

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Sep.1987

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