M.W.Barley (1951)


M. W. Barley (Auth.); E. F. H. D. (Col.)
Plough Plays in Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Countryside, Oct.1951, Vol.13, No.2, pp.1-2

This is a request for information on Plough monday plays. Brief descriptions are given of the sort of information wanted, together with outlines of the possible historical implications of Plough Monday and of the questions it is hoped to answer. The names Plough Boys, or Jacks, or Jags, or Stots, or Bullocks are mentioned. He particularly asks for information on plough trailing, sword dances, and customs from western Notts., similar to those found in Derbys. & Yorks., such as Christmas Mummers, sword dances and Morris dances. In a brief mention of Hobby Horses, he notes the Christmas play of the "Poor Owd 'Oss" from Mansfield in the A.S.Buxton Collection, and other occurrences at Cuckney and Elkesley. He already had information on Plough Monday plays from the Notts. villages of; Blidworth, Mansfield, East Bridgford, Bothamsall, Cropwell, Clayworth, Flintham, Selston, Walesby, Whatton, Worksop, Norwell, Averham, Tollerton, and North Leverton.

Appended is the final song of a play from Blidworth, Notts., collected in 1925 by E.F.H.D. This was in fact first published in 1948 (E.F.H.D., 1948).

Index Terms:

Locations: Blidworth, Notts. (SK5855); Derbys.; Yorks.; Mansfield, Notts. (SK5361); Cuckney, Notts. (SK5671); Elkesley, Notts. (SK6875); East Bridgford, Notts. (SK6943); Bothamsall, Notts. (SK6773); Cropwell, Notts. (SK6836); Clayworth, Notts. (SK7288); Flintham, Notts. (SK7446); Selston, Notts. (SK4553); Walesby, Notts. (SK6870); Whatton, Notts. (SK7439); Worksop, Notts. (SK5879); Norwell, Notts. (SK7761); Averham, Notts. (SK7654); North Leverton, Notts. (SK7882); Notts.; Tollerton, Notts. (SK6134)
Years: Publ. 1951
Subjects: Plays; Plough Trailing; Sword Dance; Morris Dance; Plough Monday; Plough Boys; Plough Jacks; Plough Jaggs; Plough Stots; Plough Bullocks; Mummers; Poor Owd 'Oss; Hobby Horse; Christmas; Buxton,A.S. Collection
People: Maurice Willmore Barley (Auth.); Rev. Edward Frederick Holwell Dunnicliff (Col.)
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00014

Last Updated Jan 1992 by Peter Millington.