Mansfield Chronicle & Advertiser (1980)


[Anon.] (Auth.)
*Revival of Blidworth Plough Play
*Mansfield Chronicle & Advertiser, 17th Jan. 1980

Photo of a "plough bullocking" play from Blidworth, Notts., revived by members of Main Street Methodist Church in 1980. A brief history of the custom covers plough lights and malicious ploughing, the performers were called "plough bullocks" or "plough stots". The characters of the play included; Tom Fool, Dame Jane, Beelzebub and Recruiting Sergeant. It had last been performed just before the outbreak of World War II.

Index Terms:

Locations: Blidworth, Notts. (SK5855)
Years: Rev. 1980; Ceased before 1939
Subjects: Plough Play; Revival; Photo; Plough Bullocking; Play; Methodists; Plough Lights; Malicious Ploughing; Plough Bullocks; Plough Stots; Tom Fool; Dame Jane; Beelzebub; Recruiting Sergeant
People: George Butler (Perf.); George Marples (Perf.); Harry Clark (Perf.); Frank Sharpe (Perf.); Bill Richards (Perf.); Jack Young (Perf.); Stanley Lawson (Perf.); Fred Butler (Perf.); J. N. Smith (Perf.)
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00308;
Notts. County Library, Local Studies Section, Folklore Box, L39.9

* indicates data that has not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.

Last Updated Mar 1992 by Peter Millington.