Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

P.T.Millington Collection (1971, W.Richards)

Source:
Mr. W. Richards (Perf.)
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES ON NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE FOLK DRAMA RECORDED BY PETER T. MILLINGTON: BLIDWORTH Notts SK 5855
P.T.Millington Collection, Col. 28th May 1971

Brief note as follows:-

"Recorded 1971 from Mr. W. Richards of Bromfield, Main Street, Blidworth, (28th May 1971.)

When the Boys Brigade performed the Plough Monday play, they did a dance at the end. There were eight dancers, who used sticks called 'Laxtons.' Figures (Which were only vague recollections,) included a clash of the sticks, the placing of four sticks on the floor in the form of a cross, and also the splitting of the team into two sets of four. One of the dancers wore a busby-type hat. The performers of this 'round' dance, as with ordinary performers of the play were called Plough Bullocks.

Mr. Richards did not perform the dance himself (though he did perform the play), however, he does remember watching practices about 1910-14."

Index Terms:
Locations: Blidworth, Notts. (SK5855)
Years: Perf. 1910 to 1914; Col. 1971
Subjects: Boys Brigade; Plough Monday; Play; "Round" Dance; Laxtons; Sticks; Dance Figures; Plough Bullocks
People: Peter Thomas Millington (Col.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00353

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Feb.1987

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