P.T.Millington Collection (1972, B.Faulconbridge)


Mrs. Barbara Faulconbridge (Inf.)
[Christmas, Bull Guyses play from Selston, Notts.]
P.T.Millington Collection, Com. 20th Jan.1972 & 20th Feb.1972

Two letters. The first, responding to a newspaper article, gives an incomplete text (14 + 4 lines) of a Bull Guyses (Guyseing) play performed at Christmas from about 1946 to 1950 at Selston, Notts. The characters are; Enterer, Bull Guyse, St. George, Doctor Brown and Bells-a-bub, with additional unidentified supernumerary characters for the "Hangers-on". The performers, who were her friends, "... moved out of Selston with their activities as they found that at Somercotes and Alfreton it was something quite new..."

The song "We've come to steal your old black hen" was sung at the end of the play, and second letter was in response to a query as to what the tune was like. It also gives the words of another "saying" mostly used with Christmas singing.

Index Terms:

Locations: Selston, Notts. (SK4553); Somercotes, Derbys. (SK4253); Alfreton, Derbys. (SK4155)
Years: Perf. about 1946 to 1950; Com. 1972
Subjects: Play; Text; Bull Guyses; Guyseing; Christmas; Enterer; Bull Guyse; St. George; Doctor Brown; Bells-a-bub; Song; "We've come to steal your Old Black Hen"; Christmas Singing; Itinerary
People: Peter Thomas Millington (Col.)
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00299

Last Updated Jun 1986 by Peter Millington.