Nottinghamshire Guardian (1943)
*Cropwell Bishop Plough Play
23rd Jan. 1943
"On several evenings recently a group of schoolboys at Cropwell Bishop have
revived the ancient plough-boys' play in the village.
It had been the custom to give the old play at Cropwell Bishop but it lapsed
some years ago. It was a relic here, as in many other places in England, of
the celebration of Plough Monday, the first Monday after Twelfth Day, so called
because it was the end of the Christmas holidays and the day when men returned
to the plough, or daily work.
It was the custom for the 'stot plough' as it was called, and sometimes 'fond,'
'fool' or 'white' plough, to be drawn from door to door, with much mummery by
gaily decorated labourers, to solicit 'plough money' to spend on frolic.
The boys at Cropwell Bishop have been putting on an excellent show which
resulted in the collection of œ8 10s. for Mrs. Churchill's Aid to Russia
The historical information seems to have been drawn from folklore books rather
than from sources in Cropwell Bishop.
Cropwell Bishop, Notts. (SK6835)
Plough Play; Plough-Boys; Play; Plough Monday; Stot Plough; Fond Plough; Fool Plough; White Plough; Plough Trailing; Plough Money
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00318;
Notts. County Library, Local Studies Section, Folklore Box, L39.9
* indicates data that not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.
Last Updated Mar 1992 by Peter Millington.