Newark Herald (1902)
*North Muskham: Plough Monday
*Previously published in B.V.M. (1886) and B.V.M. (1902), a transcript in the
M.W.Barley Collection reads as follows;
"Ten men of N. Muskham, in 1596 (the year of Thomas Ashton's induction, but in
1597 as we should now say), were charged before the Rev. Mr. Coop with "plowinge
in the churche yarde, and misusing themselves in the churche, upon plowe daie
last, and also for abusyinge Mr. Asheton, theire vicar, in wordes." Mr. Ashton,
having expressed his regret that a youthful excess should have been brought into
court, the reverend official (Mr. Coop) addressed the irreverent defendants, who
seemed to treat the matter as a good joke. After a long and patient
investigation the accused, who appeared in the vestments and ritual peculiar to
Plough Monday, were ordered to go back to N. Muskham, "and turne downe againe
the furrowes plowed uppe by theim before since (sic), upon next Soundaie" and
that they should hereafter "keep the queen's pees, and behave themselves
reverentlye to theire saide vicar, and not abuse the churche and churcheyarde as
they had heretofore, uppon payne of the Lawe."...
*North Muskham, Notts. (SK7958)
*Malicious Ploughing; Court Case; Plough Monday; Plowe Daie; Church
Mr. Thomas Ashton (Vicar); Rev. Mr. Coop (Judge)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00099;
M.W.Barley Collection, University of Nottingham
* indicates data that has not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.
Last Updated Jan 1990 by Peter Millington.