F. M. E. W. (Auth.)
LOCAL NOTES & QUERIES: "Plough Bullocks" at Bulwell
Article as follows;
"On Plough Monday in old times a decorated plough was drawn about by a
beribboned procession, and "plough bullocks" went about ploughing up country
doorsteps if no money was given them.
The last I remember of them with a plough was in Bulwell Kilnyards in
1870. There were four "plough" men and four men dressed as women.
The last time I saw the guisers was at Christmas, 1872. They came to our house
in Bulwell Kilnyards, and acted St. George. There was the Doctor, and
Beelzebub, and Bess and Jack. It was all great fun. There are one or two still
living who were lads then, and took part in the performance."
Bulwell Kilnyards, Notts. (SK5345)
Publ. 1923; Ceased 1870; Perf. 1872
Plough Trailing; Malicious Ploughing; Play; Plough Monday; Plough Bullocks; St. George; Christmas; Doctor; Beelzebub; Bess; Jack
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00253;
W.E.Doubleday Scrapbook, Vol.IX, p.52;;
W.E.Doubleday Index, Plough Monday Customs;;
Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, 1922-1926, p.16
* indicates data that not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.
Last Updated Mar 1990 by Peter Millington.