Pat Mayfield (Auth.)
Legends of Nottinghamshire
Clapham: Dalesman Books, 1976, 0-85206-352-0
This book concerns the folklore and traditions of Notts. The chapter
headings are; "1 Nottinghamshire Legends", "2 Religious Folklore", "3 Legends
and Love Trysts", "4 Witches and Ghosts", "5 Sherwood Legends", "6 Legends from
Town and Village", "7 Legendary Characters", and "8 Plays and Games". There are
a number of items relating plays.
Washington Irving's (1835) description of Plough Monday Plough Bullocking at
Newstead Abbey, Notts. is mentioned. However a play text is appended which,
although attributed to Newstead Abbey, is the same as the South Notts. text
given by C.Brown (1874) and J.P.Briscoe (1876). This attribution therefore
seems very dubious. The text (48 lines) has the characters; Anthony, King of
England, Prince George, Selina, and Doctor.
The text of a Mansfield play is mentioned, provided by Mr.E.W.Mellors, which
includes the characters; Beelzebub, Courtier, Mickey Bent, Molly Mop, Tommy Tupp
and Slasher. A further text (50 lines) from Mr.Mellors is reproduced in
full. This is a Christmas play entitled "Poor owd 'oss" which was apparently
still alive in the 1860s. It featured a horse and a blacksmith. Both these
texts seem to be from the A.S.Buxton Collection.
Plough Lights are mentioned. Plough Trailing and malicious ploughing at
Shelford are described. Again identical to the accounts of C.Brown and
J.P.Briscoe. Maid Marian and Robin Hood are mentioned as appearing in some
Notts.; Newstead Abbey, Notts. (SK5453); Mansfield, Notts. (SK5361); Shelford, Notts. (SK6642)
Publ. 1976; Current 1860s
Folklore; Traditions; Legends; Plays; Irving,W. (1835); Plough Monday; Plough Bullocking; Full Texts; Anthony; King of England; Prince George; Selina; Doctor; Beelzebub; Courtier; Mickey Bent; Molly Mop; Tommy Tupp; Slasher; Christmas; "Poor Owd 'Oss"; Horse; Blacksmith; Plough Lights; Plough Trailing; Malicious Ploughing; Maid Marian; Robin Hood
Mr. E. W. Mellors (Col.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00079
Last Updated Apr 1988 by Peter Millington.