Philip Spratley (Auth.)
MID EAST MUMMING [Plough Monday plays from the Vale of Belvoir]
[London]: EFDSS, 1977
Although the title of this booklet implies that it covers the whole of the
East Midlands (or is it the Middle East), it in fact only covers a handful of
plays from the Vale of Belvoir - specifically; Claypole, Foston in
Lincs., and Elston, Cropwell Bishop and Staunton in Notts. In addition there is an
unlocated version of the "Poor 'Owd Hoss".
The presentation of the booklet is amateurish, the printing poor, and the
uninspiring cover looks like a bad photocopy. The collation is somewhat strange
(page ii would make more sense between pages 26 & 27), and the same people seem
to be listed as the sources of text from different locations. The texts
themselves are compiled from a variety of sources, not necessarily all from the
same village. Two texts at least appear to have been reproduced without
acknowledgement (probably indirectly) from out-of-copyright publications
(Cropwell Bishop from Chaworth Musters, 1890, and "The Poor 'Owd Hoss" from
M.H.Mason, 1877). Two of the tunes used are all but identical. All in all it
is very difficult to determine what bits come from where.
Vale of Belvoir, Notts.; Claypole, Lincs. (SK8449); Foston, Lincs. (SK8542); Staunton, Notts. (SK8043); Elston, Notts. (SK7548); Cropwell Bishop, Notts. (SK6835); Long Bennington, Lincs. (SK8344); Vale of Belvoir, Leics.; Vale of Belvoir, Lincs.
Full Texts; Tunes; Photo; Description; Plays; Plough Trailing; Poor 'Owd Hoss; Mason,M.H. (1877)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00244
Last Updated Jul 1982 by Peter Millington.