M.W.Barley Collection (1953, Atkins)


Mrs. Atkins (Inf.); L. Butler (Col.)
Shelford. [Plough-bullocks Play]
M.W.Barley Collection, Col. Dec.1953, Ref.Ba P 1/33

Fragments of a Plough Monday Plough-boys or Plough-bullocks play from Shelford, Notts., which ceased in 1912 or 1913. The characters are; First Man, Farmer's Boy, Belsey-Bub, Eezum Squeezum/Eezum Squezum, Old Dame Jane and Doctor. There was house visiting in the morning and afternoon by youths until about 1925. J.P.Briscoe (1876) is mentioned, and malicious ploughing was still remembered. A note adds, "Similar plays at East Bridgford, Radcliffe-on-Trent, at Bingham, last done 1895-1900".

Index Terms:

Locations: Shelford, Notts. (SK6642); East Bridgford, Notts. (SK6943); Radcliffe-on-Trent, Notts. (SK6438); Bingham, Notts. (SK7039)
Years: Col. 1953; Ceased 1912 or 1913; Ceased about 1925; Ceased 1895 to 1900
Subjects: Text Fragments; Plough Monday; Plough-Bullocks; Play; First Man; Farmer's Boy; Plough Trailing; Belsey Bub; Eezum Squeezum; Old Dame Jane; Doctor; House Visiting; Malicious Ploughing; Eezum Squezum; Plough-Boys; Briscoe,J.P. (1876)
People: Lawrence Butler (Col.); Maurice Willmore Barley (Col.)
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00477

Last Updated Jan 1992 by Peter Millington.