Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection (1962, E.A.Booth)


*Mrs. Edith Ann Booth (Perf.)
*Memories of Mansfield [Saint Thomas's Day and Plough Bullock Night]
*Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection, Com. 7th Mar.1962, Ref.DD/121/2/7

*This entry to an essay competition includes two items of folklore:-


Mr. Hollington used to give away oat meal to any body who fetched it on Saint Thomas' day at Hollington's Mill (Kings Mill) on Sutton Road.

Because people were poor, they used to go round early in the morning banging loudly on the doors of all the houses to rouse people up. As they went they shouted.

Hip-Hip hurray,
Saint Thomas' Day
Fetch a bit,
And leave a bit,
Hip-Hip hurray."


When we dressed up in all sorts of disguise and our faces blacked (with soot) we would go out to the houses where we knew where we get most coppers, knock on the door and go in reciting,

I open these doors I enter in,
I seek a favour to begin,
Whether I stand o do my part to please you all. etc. etc.

Then would follow all the different characters, but what a night, what pleasure we had especially if we got 6d."

Index Terms:

Locations: *Mansfield, Notts. (SK5361); Kings Mill, Mansfield, Notts. (SK5159)
Years: *Com. 1962
Subjects: *Saint Thomas's Day; Begging Custom; Chant; Plough Bullock Night; Play; Text Fragment
People: Mr. Hollington (Benefactor); Nottinghamshire Local History Council (Col.); Mansfield Chronicle & Advertiser (Col.)
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00370;
P.T.Millington Collection, Transcript

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

Last Updated Apr 1987 by Peter Millington.