Violet Alford (Auth.)
Introduction to English Folklore
London: G.Bell & Son Ltd., 1952
This is a general folklore book, with the main chapter headings; I. What
Folklore is, II. The Calendar, III. Village Seasonal Life, IV. Our Dances and
Drama, V. Our Songs and Their Folklore, VI. Our Tales, and VII. A Page of
Magic. Chapter IV is subdivided into; 1. The Sword Dance, 2. The Play
[i.e. the St. George Play], 3. The Other Play [i.e. the Plough Play], 4. The
Morris Dance, and 5. Our Country Dances.
A number of plays from from all over the country are aluded to, but none in
any individual detail. A.Brice's reference to the play in Exeter (allegedly
1738) is given, as is the tune of the Mummers' Carol from Overton, Hants.
One of the photographs (facing p.40) shows seven characters in costume, and
"Ib. Plough Play Mummers, Tollerton, Notts., coming down the street." This
does not appear to be referred to in the text of the book. The list of
illustrations credits the photo to the "Nottingham Guardian".
Other photos show; The Old Tup from Handsworth, Yorks., the White Horse of
the Burringham, Lincs., Plough Jags, North Waltham, Hants., Mummers, and the
Wild Horse, Antrobus, Ches., 1952.
Tollerton, Notts. (SK6134); Exeter, Devon (SX9292); Overton, Hants. (SU5149); Handsworth, Yorks. (SK4086); Burringham, Lincs. (SE8309); North Waltham, Hants. (SU5646); Antrobus, Ches. (SJ6479)
Publ. 1952; Perf. 1952; Written 1738
Photos; Plays; Plough Plays; Mummers; Song; White Horse; Wild Horse; Old Tup; Plough Jags
Nottingham Guardian (Photo.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00001
Last Updated Oct 1987 by Peter Millington.