W.M.Comber et al (1961) p.16
*ANTROBUS [Souling Play]
W.M.Comber et al (1961),
A chapter on the local history of Antrobus, Ches. It states;
"Mr. Arnold Boyd (1885-1959) wrote articles and books about bird life in
Cheshire and about its folklore. He helped to revive the Soul-Caking Play for
which Antrobus is famed. It has much in common with old Mummers' Plays and is
performed round about All Souls Day inside houses that are visited in turn by
the 'Gang'. Nowadays the 'Gang' travel by car but the horse's head they use is
well over one hundred years old. In a fight between King George and the Black
Prince the latter is slain. Mr.Boyd describes the play as of great antiquity
with restoration to life of a dead man and appearance of a man in woman's
clothes as salient points."
A photograph showing King George and the Black Prince crossing swords is
reprinted from the "Farmer's Weekly", 22nd Dec.1950.
Antrobus, Ches. (SJ6479)
Publ. 1950; Publ. 1961
Photo; Play; All Souls Day; Soul Caking; Souling; King George; Black Prince; Horse's Head; Farmer's Weekly (1950)
Mr. Arnold Boyd (Auth.); Farmer's Weekly (Photo.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00276
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Last Updated Mar 1983 by Duncan Broomhead.