Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

Nottingham Evening News (1945)

Source:
[Anon. (Auth.)]
Newsman's Notebook: PLOUGH MONDAY
Nottingham Evening News, 15th Jan.1945, No.18435, pp.2g-h

"The first Monday following Twelfth Day, which this year falls today, had from time immemorial been known as Plough or Plow Monday. In agricultural districts it still is regarded as marking the end of the land workers' Christmas holiday and the traditional opening of the plough season of the New Year.

Formerly the anniversary was celebrated by a ceremony known as 'Blessing the Plough' conducted over an implement taken into the village church. This was followed by a procession of ploughmen and farm labourers who hauled a plough from door to door in the parish and collected contributions for rustic festivities, merry-making, and refreshment which were enjoyed until late at night. A few years ago the custom was revived in some parts of Nottinghamshire and might have been continued had not the war intervened."

Index Terms:
Locations: Notts.
Years: Publ. 1945
Subjects: Plough Monday; Plow Monday; Blessing the Plough; Plough Blessing
Archives: Ref.: TD00101; T.Bailey Forman Library, "Plough Monday" file

Indexed by Idwal Jones. Last updated Jun.2005

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