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Nottinghamshire Archives Collection (1960, O.P.Scott)

Source:
Oswald Peter Scott (Perf.)
Competition: Memories of a Villager [Plough Monday at Cropwell Butler, Notts.]
Nottinghamshire Archives Collection, Written 23rd Mar.1960, Ref.DD121/1/23, 4pp.

Runner up in an essay competition on old village life at Cropwell Butler, Notts. It is marked up for publication in 'Nottinghamshire Countryside' (O.P.Scott, 1960/61). It includes the following on page 1, referring to the 1890s.

"Local customs were many & varied. The custom of tinpanning an offender out of the village with his partner who had committed moral sin was still done when I was a boy. I recall two & lustily banged a kettle though I didn't then know what for. Plough Monday, we lads spent a week going round the farms doing charades. Tom the Fool, The Soldier, The Lady, Dame Jane, Beelzebub and the Doctor, I can still remember every word. The farmers supplied us with beef and ale and after we had finished we spent the whole night at Wyverton Hall, 4 miles away the residence of the Chaworth-Musters family, entertaining the Ladies and Gentlemen who had come down for the hunting season. More ale and cheese and 7/6 each which in those days were riches."

The essay also mentions Valentine's Day for the girls.

Index Terms:
Locations: Cropwell Butler, Notts. (SK6837); Wyverton Hall, Notts. (SK7136)
Years: Col. 1960; Perf. 1890s
Subjects: Essay; Plough Monday; Play; Tom the Fool; Soldier; Lady; Dame Jane; Beelzebub; Doctor; Tinpanning; Valentine's Day
People: Nottinghamshire Local History Council (Col.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00409

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Mar.1992

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