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Sullivan's Sword [Website]


Sword Dance Group

Home Town:

Nottingham, Grid Ref.: SK5739, Lat.& Long.: 52.9495, -1.1441


Perform the play from Farnsfield, Notts on Plough Sunday after a plough blessing service at Morton, Notts and on Plough Monday in Nottingham. Occasionally perform a Pasche Egging play which is a compilation from the texts of the plays from Ambleside, Dalton and 5 other towns.




Forthcoming: None registered


Past events:


GMap 13-Jan-2019

1. - 12:15

Admiral Rodney Hotel & The Wheatsheaf, King St, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0EH, England

2. - 14:30

Final Whistle, Burgage, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0ET


The order of play on Sunday 13 January will look like this:

10:30 – 11:45
Plough blessing service at St. Denis’ Church, Morton including traditional songs followed by a dance display at St. Denis’ Church Hall.

12:15 – 14:00
Sullivan’s Sword and several invited Morris teams will dance in Southwell both at the Admiral Rodney and on the pedestrianised area adjacent to The Wheatsheaf.

14:30 – 14:45
Recalling the Owd ‘Oss Mummers tradition, Sullivan’s Sword will perform the “Farnsfield Plough Play” (a colourful short play which includes a sword dance) in the yard of the Final Whistle. This will be followed by more dance displays from all the sides and culminates in a traditional music session inside the Final Whistle itself.

Come and enjoy - entry to all events is free of charge.




Other past years: 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (3), 2006 (2), 2009 (1), 2012 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2017 (1), 2020 (7)

Media Links:

1. Sullivan's Sword 2009 - Validated link
Master Mummers - Photo(s) [3 images], Peter Millington, 11-Jan-2009
2. Sullivan's Sword at The Plough Inn, Radford, Nottingham, England, 9th Jan.2006 - Validated link
Folk Play Research - Photo(s) [2 images], Brian Howes, 09-Jan-2006
3. Sullivan's Sword at The Plough Inn, Radford, Nottingham, England, 10th Jan.2005 - Validated link
Folk Play Research - Photo(s) [1 image], Alistair Bloomfield, 10-Jan-2005
4. Sullivan's Sword of Nottingham perform the Farnsfield plough play at Morton, Nottinghamshire, England on the 11th January 2004 - Validated link
Folk Play Research - Photo(s) [1 image], Peter Millington, 11-Jan-2004


Alistair Bloomfield, Events organiser (, Phone: 07946 584298 (Mob.)
Address: 18 Endsleigh Gardens, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2HJ


An off-shoot of the now disbanded Owd 'Oss Mummers

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