Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection (1960, G.Tansley)


George Tansley (Perf.)
[Plough Monday at Blidworth, Notts.]
Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection, Received 15 Mar.1960, Ref.DD/121/1/10, 7pp.

Entry to an essay competition entitled "Memories of a Villager", on old village life at Blidworth, Notts. Mr. Tansley was born on the 23rd Nov.1873. Page 1 includes the following;

"January Plough Monday evening when about six of us visited farms and cottages with masks and blackened faces, the first one to enter commenced,

I open the door and enter in.
I seek your favour for to win,
And whether I stand or whether I fall,
I'll act my part to please you all.
If you cannot believe these words I say,
Step in King George and clear the way.

Other performers followed, then we struck up singing 'Hurrah Boys for the army, Hurrah for the Red White and Blue,' 'Come my lads come and be a soldier come and take a bob and serve the queen. -

Now my lads it's time to enlist,
Enlist and do not be affraid,
You shall have all kinds of ribbon,
Likewise skirts the pretty maid.

The final

Good Master and good Mistress,
As you sit by your fire.
Remember us poor ploughboys
That plough the mud and mire.
Put what you like in our box
Wishing you all a prosperous new year."

Index Terms:

Locations: Blidworth, Notts. (SK5855)
Years: Col. 1960; Born 1873
Subjects: Essay; Plough Monday; Play; Text Fragments; King George; Songs
People: Nottinghamshire Local History Council (Col.)
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00406

Last Updated Mar 1992 by Peter Millington.