P.T.Millington Collection (1971, W.Richards)
Mr. W. Richards (Perf.)
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES ON NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE FOLK DRAMA RECORDED BY PETER T. MILLINGTON: BLIDWORTH Notts SK 5855
Col. 28th May 1971
Brief note as follows:-
"Recorded 1971 from Mr. W. Richards of Bromfield, Main Street, Blidworth, (28th
When the Boys Brigade performed the Plough Monday play, they did a dance at the
end. There were eight dancers, who used sticks called 'Laxtons.' Figures
(Which were only vague recollections,) included a clash of the sticks, the
placing of four sticks on the floor in the form of a cross, and also the
splitting of the team into two sets of four. One of the dancers wore a
busby-type hat. The performers of this 'round' dance, as with ordinary
performers of the play were called Plough Bullocks.
Mr. Richards did not perform the dance himself (though he did perform the play),
however, he does remember watching practices about 1910-14."
Blidworth, Notts. (SK5855)
Perf. 1910 to 1914; Col. 1971
Boys Brigade; Plough Monday; Play; "Round" Dance; Laxtons; Sticks; Dance Figures; Plough Bullocks
Peter Thomas Millington (Col.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00353
Last Updated Feb 1987 by Peter Millington.