Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

F.M.E.W. (1923)

Source:
F. M. E. W. (Auth.)
LOCAL NOTES & QUERIES: "Plough Bullocks" at Bulwell
*Nottinghamshire Guardian, *26th Jan.1923

Article as follows;

"On Plough Monday in old times a decorated plough was drawn about by a beribboned procession, and "plough bullocks" went about ploughing up country doorsteps if no money was given them.

The last I remember of them with a plough was in Bulwell Kilnyards in 1870. There were four "plough" men and four men dressed as women.

The last time I saw the guisers was at Christmas, 1872. They came to our house in Bulwell Kilnyards, and acted St. George. There was the Doctor, and Beelzebub, and Bess and Jack. It was all great fun. There are one or two still living who were lads then, and took part in the performance."

Index Terms:
Locations: Bulwell Kilnyards, Notts. (SK5345)
Years: Publ. 1923; Ceased 1870; Perf. 1872
Subjects: Plough Trailing; Malicious Ploughing; Play; Plough Monday; Plough Bullocks; St. George; Christmas; Doctor; Beelzebub; Bess; Jack
Archives: Ref.: TD00253; W.E.Doubleday Scrapbook, Vol.IX, p.52; W.E.Doubleday Index, Plough Monday Customs; Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, 1922-1926, p.16

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Mar.1990

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