Mr. Idwal Jones (Col.)Index Terms:
A Plough Monday Frolic: Notes [Willingham, Lincs. 1882]
I.T.Jones Collection, Written 1983, Ref.L5-1
The Retford & Gainsborough Times (1882) describes a case in the Gainsborough Petty Sessions where 5 men from Willingham were convicted of ploughing through 5 asparagus beds and a celery row and destroying some raspberry canes on Plough Monday 12/1/1882. The prosecutor said that these people were plough fags and when they did not get any money they imagined they had the right to plough across the garden. Lincolnshire Chronicle (1882) gives a similar account but describes them damaging a number of raspberry canes, an asparagus bed and the lawns of the rectory and gives the name of one defendant as George Strawson and not George Rawson.
Gainsborough Petty Sessions records at Lincoln Castle Archives only begin in 1910. Census returns could give more information on the plough fags.
This research is described in I.T.Jones (1983) - TD00586
Locations: Willingham, Lincs. (SK8785) Years: Written 1983; Occurred 1882 Subjects: Petty Sessions; Plough Monday; Plough Fags; Malicious Ploughing; Court Case People: Mr. Idwal Tudor Jones (Col.); George Strawson (Defendant); George Rawson (Defendant) Archives: Ref.: TD00577; I.T.Jones Collection, Ref.L5-1