Newthorpe (SK4846), Nottinghamshire
P.T.Millington Collection (1971, Dakin)
Mrs. Dakin (Inf.)
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES ON NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE FOLK DRAMA RECORDED BY PETER T. MILLINGTON: NEWTHORPE Notts SK 4846
Brief note as follows:-
"Recorded from Mrs. Dakin of Newthorpe in December 1971.
The informant stated that a play had been performed until very recently by boys
called Molly Guysers. Characters included Beelzebub and a Doctor. The last
known date of performance was the Christmas of 1970."
P.T.Millington Collection (1973, T.H.Millington)
Thomas Herbert Millington (Inf.)
[Christmas Play, Newthorpe, Notts.]
The informant witnessed a Christmas play performed at the Ram Inn,
Newthorpe, Notts., on Thursday 20th Dec.1973. It was performed by four or five
youths, about 12 years old, who had blackened faces. The play lasted four or
five minutes, ending by collecting money in a frying pan.
P.T.Millington Collection (1975, P.Wragg)
Mrs. P. Wragg (Inf.)
EASTWOOD CHRISTMAS GUYSERS PLAY
Annotated typescript plus further notes of a Christmas Guysers play performed
by Eastwood Festival Committee in 1973 and 1974, in Eastwood, Hilltop and
Newthorpe, Notts. The text (28 lines) was provided by Clr.K.J.Davis, who had
performed it as a boy in Selston, Notts. The characters were Gypsy, Fairy,
Opener, Bull-Guy, St. George, Doctor Brown and Belzebub.
P.T.Millington Collection (1991, G.S.Bennieston)
Mr. G. S. Bennieston (Perf.)
UNDERWOOD GUYSERS PLAY
Information about a Guysers play performed in Underwood, Notts., between
1953 and 1958 or 1959. The characters were; Opener, Little Devil Doubt, Saint
George, Doctor Brown and Beelzebub. The fight was between Little Devil Doubt
and Saint George, and Saint George lost. There were three teams operating in
Underwood at the time. The itinerary (on foot) covered Underwood, Annesley,
Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Kimberley, Eastwood, Jacksdale and Selston. They
performed Christmas Eve, Christmas Night and Boxing Night. They had a standing
engagement on Christmas Night at Felley Priory.
Peter Millington (Auth.)
Do Guysers still exist? [West Notts., plays]
Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser,
20th Dec.1991, Vol.94, No.5099, p.14 a-b
Description of accounts communicated following an appeal for information
on Christmas Guysers earlier in 1991. There is a description of the play
performed by Mr. Tom Thorpe in Bagthorpe in the 1930s. This had the
characters; Opener In, St. George, Slasher, Doctor, Belzibub and
Devildowt. Belzibub's speech is quoted. In the 1950s, Mr.G.S.Bennieston
performed in a team in Underwood. They also went to Annesley, Moorgreen,
Newthorpe, Kimberley, Eastwood, Jacksdale, Selston and Felley Priory. There is
a long description of Mrs. Barbara Faulconbridge's experiences with Bullguysers
in Selston, in which she also mentions one of her sons seeing Guysers
performing in Awsworth in 1990. The Selston teams eventually took to
going to Somercotes, Derbys. Finally, there is a mention of the annual
Guysing performed by the Ripley Morris Men in Ripley, Derbys. Syd Barber
collected their play from Mr. Percy Cook of Ripley.
Peter Millington (Auth.)
*Do Guysers still exist? [West Notts., plays]
*Ripley & Heanor News,
21st Dec.1991, Vol.102
Syndicated article - see P.Millington (1991b).
* indicates data that not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.