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MEMORIES OF A VILLAGER: BALDERTON [Plough Monday]
Nottinghamshire Archives Collection, Written 2nd Feb.1960, Ref.DD121/1/6, 11pp. [sheets numbered 130-141]
Entry to an essay competition on old village life at Balderton, Notts. It gives details of local customs, including Harvest Home and Dole Day. Pages 138-139 give the following;
"Plough Monday Plays
I have seen a Plough Monday Play only once.
A friend of mine described the play as an Elizabethan travesty. Locally the boys kept up their custom until about the end of the last century.
The version I saw was as follows:-
Each character wore adornments to suit his particular role. A player entered the house and recited his piece and the others followed with additions to the story. I only remember Beelzebub and the Doctor. Beelzebub's lines started with'In comes I old Beelzebub.
In my hand I carry a club' (perhaps to slay the dragon)
The doctor came in his turn with his bottle of Paregoric. The performance ended with the whole company chanting some doggeral."
Locations: Balderton, Notts. (SK8151) Years: Col. 1960; Perf. c 1900 Subjects: Essay; Plough Monday; Plays; Beelzebub; Doctor; Text Fragment; Dole Day; Harvest Home People: Nottinghamshire Local History Council (Col.) Archives: Ref.: TD00402