Nottinghamshire Guardian (1897b)
LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES. No.807: OLD OBSERVANCES [Plough Monday Play at Wyverton Hall, Notts.]
Extracts from P.H.Ditchfield (1896) and other sources concerning
various customs from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. These include:
hanging a Kissing Bunch at Christmas in Derbys., Wassailing in Notts.,
the Maypole at Wellow, Oak and Nettle Day in Notts., maidens' garlands
in Derbyshire churches, and a long passage on Derbys' well dressing.
The following is quoted from Ditchfield:
"'The Plough Monday play', one of the few remaining specimens of
English folk drama, still survives. It resembles in some ways the
Christmas and Easter play but has several distinguishing features.
In the Plough Monday play there is no St. George and the principal
feature is the sword dance. The play, as performed recently at
Wyverton Hall, Nottinghamshire is printed in Mrs Musters's
'A Cavalier Stronghold'"
Notts.; Derbys.; Wyverton Hall, Notts. (SK7136); Wellow, Notts. (SK6766)
Play; Sword Dance; St. George; Plough Monday; Chaworth-Musters (1890); Ditchfield,P.H. (1896); Christmas; Wassailing; Maypole; Oak and Nettle Day; Maidens' Garlands; Well Dressing
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00148;
Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, Vol.9, p.136
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