Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

Nottingham Evening News (1951)

Source:
[Anon. (Auth.)]
Newsman's Notebook: MUMMERS' PLAY AGAIN AT TOLLERTON
*Nottingham Evening News, 4th Jan.1951, No.20288, p.4 d

"There may be a war in Korea. There may be rumours of shortages, meet cuts and all the queer things so typical of the 20th century, but in Tollerton tomorrow villagers of Tollerton, Plumtree and Keyworth will meet once again in the kitchen of Hall Farm to perform the traditional Plough Monday Mummers' Play.

The custom was revived some years ago by Mr.A.H.Brown, of Hall Farm and since his death his wife has continued it. After the first performance the Mummers will take a week to tour the surrounding villages, giving the play in the kitchens of large farmhouses. Proceeds this year will go to St. Dunstan's.

In olden times the arrival of Plough Sunday, when the plough was taken into the church and blessed, and Plough Monday meant the end of the Christmas holidays and beginning of the ploughing season.

Chambers' Book of Days contains a lengthy article by a 17th century Nottingham writer, Gervase Markham, on what the ploughman should do in January; it is taken from one of Markham's many books on farming 'Farewell to Husbandry' published in 1653."

Index Terms:
Locations: Tollerton, Notts. (SK6134); Plumtree, Notts. (SK6133); Keyworth, Notts. (SK6130)
Years: Perf. 1951
Subjects: Play; Plough Blessing; Plough Monday; Mummers; Plough Sunday; Gervase Markham (1653)
People: Mr. A. H. Brown (Perf.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00104; T.Bailey Forman Library, "Plough Monday" file

Indexed by Idwal Jones. Last updated Jul.2004

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