P.S.Smith Collection (1967, J.G.Storr & J.Sharrard)
J. G. Storr (Inf.); J. Sharrard (Inf.)
CHRISTMAS FOLK DRAMA [Bull Guisers in Selston, Notts.]
Col. Summer 1967
Front of 5 inch by 8 inch record card reads:
"CHRISTMAS FOLK DRAMA
At Christmas, 'bull guisers' used to go round from door to door in
Selston reciting rhymes and acting short plays. This was also common
in the Eastwood area and mention is made of the guisers in 'The Rainbow'
by D.H. Lawrence. I am not sure whether the practice still continues,
but within my memory guisers from this area have performed at an inn
in Nuthall, my previous home (about five miles from Selston). A popular
play performed by the mummers of the Selston area was about Saint
George. The B.B.C. once recorded it.
J.G.Storr Living in Sheffield, born Nuthall, Notts.
Retired collier 65-70 Selston (Underwood)
As a boy in Selston
Summer 1967 18.1.70"
The reverse of the record card reads:
" Boys used to go round in groups of four or five, bang open the
door and say 'I open the door, I enter in
I beg our pardon to be in
Whether I stand or sit or fall
I'll do my duty to please you all
A room! A room! (or words to that effect).
Then 'Bull Guy' would enter. Sometimes, for mischief, they would begin:
'I open the door, I enter in,
I'll fight your father to begin.' etc."
Selston, Notts. (SK4553); Nuthall, Notts. (SK5144); Eastwood, Notts. (SK4646); Underwood, Notts. (SK4750)
Text Fragments; Radio Broadcast; Christmas; Bull Guisers; Play; Guisers; Lawrence,D.H.; "The Rainbow"; Saint George; B.B.C.; Bull Guy
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00777
Last Updated Mar 2005 by Peter Millington.