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LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: Notts. and Derbyshire "Guisers."
Nottinghamshire Guardian, 7th Feb.1925
Description of Plough Monday plough trailing, similar to W.Hone (1837), and highlighting the characters Bessy and Fool. The play text published by G.Richardson (1925) is mentioned. Concerning Nottingham it states;
"... in some streets of Nottingham in the early '80's men with blackened faces calling themselves 'Plough Bullocks' went from yard to yard threatening to plough up doorsteps, although they had no plough, and demanding money for ale."
Locations: Nottingham, Notts. (SK5739); Derbys. Years: Perf. early 1880s; Publ. 1925 Subjects: Plough Trailing; Play; Malicious Ploughing; Plough Monday; Plough Bullocks; Guisers; House Visiting; Bessy; Fool; Richardson,G. (1925) Archives: Ref.: TD00196; W.E.Doubleday Scrapbook, Vol.I, p.131; Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, 1922-1926, p.128