V.Alford (1952)


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 is captioned;

"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.

Index Terms:

Locations: Tollerton, Notts. (SK6134); Exeter, Devon (SX9292); Overton, Hants. (SU5149); Handsworth, Yorks. (SK4086); Burringham, Lincs. (SE8309); North Waltham, Hants. (SU5646); Antrobus, Ches. (SJ6479)
Years: Publ. 1952; Perf. 1952; Written 1738
Subjects: Photos; Plays; Plough Plays; Mummers; Song; White Horse; Wild Horse; Old Tup; Plough Jags
People: Nottingham Guardian (Photo.)
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00001

Last Updated Oct 1987 by Peter Millington.