"John Granby" (Auth.)
*LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: Old customs still exist - but some have a "new look" [Plough Monday in Notts.]
Article on extant customs in Nottinghamshire.
"The Monday closest to that date (January 6) is Plough Monday,
the day on which the plough was taken round a parish by youths
and men, who probably never knew that the money collected from
cottagers and others was originally for the maintenance of the
farmers' light in church and pocketed it for themselves.
This lingered long into the Victorian era at Radford and Bulwell,
but roughness crept in and it was generally abandoned, though the
accompanying folk-drama and mumming seem never to have quite died
out locally. Mrs. Chaworth-Musters's 'Cavalier Stronghold' gives
full details of the play as performed at Wiverton 50 years ago;
early in the present century it was flourishing at Caunton, and
since then it has been revived at Tollerton and East Markham
and perhaps elsewhere."
Other customs mentioned include ringing the pancake-bell on Shrove Tuesday,
sports and games on hills on the same day, Mothering Sunday, simnel cakes,
and clipping the church.
Radford, Notts. (SK5440); Bulwell, Notts. (SK5345); Wiverton, Notts. (SK7136); Tollerton, Notts. (SK6134); East Markham, Notts. (SK7472); Caunton, Notts. (SK7460)
Publ. 1960; Perf. 1910
Plough Trailing; Play; Farmers' Lights; Plough Monday; Mumming; Chaworth-Musters (1890); Mumming; Pancake-Bell; Shrove Tuesday; Mothering Sunday; Simnel Cakes; Clipping the Church
William Elliott Doubleday (Auth.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00052;
Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, 1959-61, p.20
* indicates data that has not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.
Last Updated Jul 2004 by Idwal Jones.