Mr. A. S. Buxton (Auth.)
Reprints of Papers of the Old Mansfield Society,
Winter Session 1922-1923, pp.3-4
This is a short paper read to introduce a revived performance of a Plough
Bullocks' Plough Monday play from Mansfield, Notts., arranged by Councillor
Beazley. The original custom had died out about 1890, and the characters St.
George, Slasher, Beelzebub and Doctor are mentioned. A brief history of Plough
Monday, Plough Lights, plough trailing and plays is given alluding to Mansfield,
and stylistic parallels are drawn between mediaeval mystery plays and modern
folk plays. Comparing the Mansfield text with one from Selston, Notts.
(collected by Miss Manners), and an unidentified Cornish version, the author
notes their overall similarity. Only fragments of text are quoted.
Mansfield, Notts. (SK5361); Selston, Notts. (SK4553); Cornwall
Ceased about 1890; Rev. 1922/1923; Publ. 1922/1923
Plough Bullocks; Plough Monday; Play; St. George; Slasher; Beelzebub; Doctor; Plough Lights; Plough Trailing; Mystery Plays
Councillor Beazley (Producer); Miss Manners (Col.); Albert Sorby Buxton (Auth.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00022
Last Updated Nov 1987 by Peter Millington.