Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

*Newark Herald (1902)

Source:
*[Anon. (Auth.)]
*North Muskham: Plough Monday
*Newark Herald, *15th Mar.1902

*Previously published in B.V.M. (1886) and B.V.M. (1902), a transcript in the M.W.Barley Collection reads as follows;

"Ten men of N. Muskham, in 1596 (the year of Thomas Ashton's induction, but in 1597 as we should now say), were charged before the Rev. Mr. Coop with "plowinge in the churche yarde, and misusing themselves in the churche, upon plowe daie last, and also for abusyinge Mr. Asheton, theire vicar, in wordes." Mr. Ashton, having expressed his regret that a youthful excess should have been brought into court, the reverend official (Mr. Coop) addressed the irreverent defendants, who seemed to treat the matter as a good joke. After a long and patient investigation the accused, who appeared in the vestments and ritual peculiar to Plough Monday, were ordered to go back to N. Muskham, "and turne downe againe the furrowes plowed uppe by theim before since (sic), upon next Soundaie" and that they should hereafter "keep the queen's pees, and behave themselves reverentlye to theire saide vicar, and not abuse the churche and churcheyarde as they had heretofore, uppon payne of the Lawe."...

Index Terms:
Locations: *North Muskham, Notts. (SK7958)
Years: *Publ. 1902
Subjects: *Malicious Ploughing; Court Case; Plough Monday; Plowe Daie; Church
People: Mr. Thomas Ashton (Vicar); Rev. Mr. Coop (Judge)
Archives: Ref.: TD00099; M.W.Barley Collection, University of Nottingham

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Jan.1990

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