A.S.Buxton Collection (No Date - c)
Albert Sorby Buxton (Col.)
*Mansfield version [Plough Bullocks' play]
Buff notebook, pp.1-7,106-107,and Insert pp.1-7,between notebook pp.110-111
*Full text (69 lines) of the a Plough Monday Plough Bullocks play from
Mansfield, Notts., ceased before 1914, and revived 1922. The characters
are: Courtier, St. George, Slasher, Doctor, Beelzebub, Mickey Bent,
Molly Mop, and Tommy Tup.
In fact that are two Mansfield texts in this notebook, and they
have yet to be checked to see if they are the same or not. Separate
notes on pp.106-107 read:
"The version on page 1 of the Plough Monday play was given in
Mansfield regularly up to about 1875, then it gradually died out.
Up to about 1840 it used to be played by men who carried a plough
with them, then it got to be played by boys only.
Many old inhabitants, in 1921, could remember their fathers
and mothers telling of having seen the plough used to plough up
the ground in front of the houses of people who refused to give
anything. Even where the boys played the play this custom of
annoying non-contributors was kept up & many can remember turning
over water butts, tying the front door knob to the railings or
throwing mud at the windows of people who refused to give them
anything. In some houses however the occupants made war on the
boys & to-day many can remember how in these houses they used to heat
the poker in the fire & as soon as the lads appeared run them out
pf the street with this instrument."
Mansfield, Notts. (SK5361)
Perf. about 1840; Perf. about 1875; Ceased before 1914; Col. 1921; Rev. 1922
*Full Text; Plough Monday; Plough Bullocks; Play; Courtier; St. George; Slasher; Doctor; Beelzebub; Mickey Bent; Molly Mop; Tommy Tup; Malicious Ploughing; Retribution
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00768
* indicates data that has not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.
Last Updated Mar 2005 by Peter Millington.