Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection (1962, F.W.Car)

Source:
*F. W. Car (Inf.)
*Memories of Mansfield [The Duke of Shirebrook]
*Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection, *Notts. Archives Office, Com. 1962, Ref.DD 121/2/?

*This entry to an essay competition includes the following item of folklore:-

"If you had been in Mansfield Market place or there-abouts on any fine day fourty or so years ago, you would no doubt have seen a wizzened little man, brown skinned, with his fingers full of rings. He usually wore a faded top hat and equally faded tails, and spent a good deal of his time ogling the local mill girls. No one took him seriously, indeed he was the cause of a lot of harmless fun.

Legend grew up around this diminutive figure. He was said to have led a cow through the market place on the end of a piece of rope, and on being stopped by the police, said he didn't know there was a cow on the other end. Whether this story is true or not, the Duke of Shirebrook as he was known, will be well known and remembered by Mansfield's older residents. What his real name was, and how he came by it, or where he lived, no one seemed to know."

Index Terms:
Locations: *Mansfield, Notts. (SK5361)
Years: *Perf. about 1922; Com. 1962
Subjects: *"Duke of Shirebrook"; Local Eccentric
People: Nottinghamshire Local History Council (Col.); Mansfield Chronicle & Advertiser (Col.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00373; P.T.Millington Collection, Transcript

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Apr.1987

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