Selston (SK4553), Nottinghamshire
A.S.Buxton Collection (1920s, Manners)
Miss Manners (Col.)
*SELSTON - PLOUGH MONDAY PLOUGH BULLOCKS PLAY
Col. 1920s, Buff notebook, pp.22-32
Full text (95 lines) of a Plough Monday play from Selston, Notts., performed
by Plough Bullocks. The characters are; First Plough Bullock/George, Bold Guy,
Second Plough Bullock, Doctor, and Beelzebub.
Mr. A. S. Buxton (Auth.)
Reprints of Papers of the Old Mansfield Society,
Winter Session 1922-1923, pp.3-4
This is a short paper read to introduce a revived performance of a Plough
Bullocks' Plough Monday play from Mansfield, Notts., arranged by Councillor
Beazley. The original custom had died out about 1890, and the characters St.
George, Slasher, Beelzebub and Doctor are mentioned. A brief history of Plough
Monday, Plough Lights, plough trailing and plays is given alluding to Mansfield,
and stylistic parallels are drawn between mediaeval mystery plays and modern
folk plays. Comparing the Mansfield text with one from Selston, Notts.
(collected by Miss Manners), and an unidentified Cornish version, the author
notes their overall similarity. Only fragments of text are quoted.
S. R. (Auth.)
PLOUGH MONDAY: THE MUMMERS' PLAY: RELIC OF AN OLD CUSTOM: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE VERSIONS
7th Jan.1924, No.21151, p.3 b-c
The theories on the origins of Mummers' plays propounded by Cecil Sharpe and
R.J.E.Tiddy (1923) are briefly reviewed. There is a detailed description with
most of the text of a Selston play (collected by Capt. J.P.Scothorne from boys
at Bagthorpe). This includes the characters; Fool, St. George, Slasher, Doctor,
Beelzebub and Devil Doubt. Fragments are also quoted from the East Retford play
published by E.Sutton (1912) but here only located as "North Notts." The
characters given are; Herald, Hero, St. George and Doctor. Mention is also made
of relic plays in Nottingham suburbs and also of a plough procession in East
S.Race Collection (1924, J.P.Scothorne)
[Capt. J. P. Scothorne] (Col.); Sydney Race (Col.)
Selston Version [Christmas Play from Bagthorpe, Notts.]
Col. about Jan.1924
Typescript of a Christmas play text (62 lines), with the characters were;
Fool, St. George, Slasher, Doctor, Belzebub/Beelzebub and Devil Doubt. The
typescript has been marked up for publication, and a hand written five line
song at the end may not have been part of the original.
There is little identification with the text, although it clearly tallies with
the text quoted extensively in S.R. (1924). The hand written heading on the
text gives its location as Selston, and in his publications, S.Race also
describes it coming from Selston. However, S.R. (1924) says that the text was
taken down by Capt. Scothorne from pupils of the school in Bagthorpe, Notts.,
at which he was teaching. Selston is a neighbouring village, and it seems
unlikely that children from Selston would have gone to school in
Bagthorpe. S.R. (1924) states that the custom was still current, so it would
have been the version performed in 1923.
In the collection, this text is attached to the manuscript of a short article
intended for publication in a newspaper. This is annotated "Wkly 2/2/46", but
no published version has yet been found (see S.Race, 1946).
S. R. (Auth.)
THE MUMMERS' PLAY: More Light on the Origin of Plough Monday Masque
12th Jan.1926, No.31235, p.4 d-f
The author starts by mentioning the reproduction of Mrs. Chaworth Musters'
version of a Plough Monday play [Cropwell, Notts.] in A.H. (1926), and its
discussion in E.K.Chambers' (1903) "The Mediaeval Stage". However he clearly
disagrees with Chambers' discussion of folk plays. Race recognises two sorts of
play, the Christmas St. George play, and the Plough Monday play. The St.George
play is the older version, with a plot or structure dating back to pagan times,
and a text dating back to the Crusades. The Plough Monday play he considers to
be a "2nd edition" produced to extend the actors' touring season. He notes that
Robin Hood did not appear in Notts., plays, and that the "Recruiting Sergeant"
of Plough Monday plays probably originated with the Napoleonic Wars. He further
notes that chapbooks were a source of some plays in the 1870s.
Quotes fragments of Notts., texts from Cropwell, the Selston district, and
"North Notts. round Retford", the latter probably taken from E.Sutton (1913).
*Arthur Sharp (Auth.)
OLD REVELS OF TWELFTH NIGHT AND PLOUGH MONDAY: Notts Versions of Ancient Mummer's Play: "Hooden Horse" That Sang Verses in Villages
Nottingham Evening Post,
30th Dec.1936, No.18246, p.6 a-b
Brief description of Twelfth Night customs, including the Twelfth Cake and
King of the Bean. The description of Plough Monday Mummers' plays mentions the
characters of Selston, Notts.; Fool, Saint George, Slasher, Doctor, Beelzebub,
and Devil Doubt. A North Notts., version (evidently E.Sutton, 1912) had the
characters; Herald, Hero, St. George and Doctor, and a couple of fragments of
text are quoted. Another custom was the Hooden Horse or Owd 'Oss, which the
author appears to have performed in himself. He calls the performers
"hoodeners", and the play used to be found in both Notts., and
Derbys. Discussing the origins of Plough Monday, mention is made of Plough
Lights, and the trailing of a "Fool Plough" by Plough Bullockers, and
accompanied by Morris Dancers and a "Bessy". Mention is also made of the horn
dance at Pagets Bromley in Staffs. This is another name for Abbots Bromley
*Sydney Race (Auth.)
*Mummers [The Mummers' Play: Notts versions for Plough Monday.]
*The S.Race Collection contains a manuscript of the above article, to which
is attached the typescript of a "Selston" play text (see S.Race Collection,
1924, J.P.Scothorne). This is annotated "Wkly 2/2/46". However, no copy of
an actual publication has yet been located. "Wkly" most probably refers to the
weekly edition of the Nottinghamshire Guardian. The article states;
"Almost as familiar in Victorian times as the carols of Christmas was the
Mummers' Play & its popularity was widespread. Thomas Hardy in one of his
Wessex stories describes a performance, & there are versions of it in print
which come from Cornwall, Devon & Hampshire, from Oxford & Warwickshire, from
Lancashire & the neighbouring counties, & even from northern Ireland.
It had a firm hold in Nottinghamshire, particularly in the district around
Retford & in the villages near to the Vale of Belvoir. A newspaper of January
1871 states that 'a party of Mummers lately visited the towns & villages of
North Notts and highly diverted the inhabitants by their dancing, singing of
old songs, & the play of the Hobby Horse'. Mrs Chaworth Musters in her story
of 'A Cavalier Stronghold' printed a version for Plough Monday which she had
collected from Cropwell.
In the years between the two wars, there was a great revival of interest in the
play, & quite probably in this first Christmas of the peace there have been
places in which it has again been seen.
There are many versions of the play & Here is one, a little abbreviated, which
was obtained in the Selston district, twenty years ago."
M. W. Barley (Auth.); E. F. H. D. (Col.)
Plough Plays in Nottinghamshire
Oct.1951, Vol.13, No.2, pp.1-2
This is a request for information on Plough monday plays. Brief descriptions
are given of the sort of information wanted, together with outlines of the
possible historical implications of Plough Monday and of the questions it is
hoped to answer. The names Plough Boys, or Jacks, or Jags, or Stots, or
Bullocks are mentioned. He particularly asks for information on plough
trailing, sword dances, and customs from western Notts., similar to those found
in Derbys. & Yorks., such as Christmas Mummers, sword dances and Morris dances.
In a brief mention of Hobby Horses, he notes the Christmas play of the "Poor Owd
'Oss" from Mansfield in the A.S.Buxton Collection, and other occurrences at
Cuckney and Elkesley. He already had information on Plough Monday plays from
the Notts. villages of; Blidworth, Mansfield, East Bridgford, Bothamsall,
Cropwell, Clayworth, Flintham, Selston, Walesby, Whatton, Worksop, Norwell,
Averham, Tollerton, and North Leverton.
Appended is the final song of a play from Blidworth, Notts., collected in 1925
by E.F.H.D. This was in fact first published in 1948 (E.F.H.D., 1948).
M.W.Barley Collection (1951, J.L.Moss)
J. L. Moss (Col.)
SELSTON, NOTTS. [Christmas Play]
Col. 1951, Ref.Ba P 1/32
Full text (66 lines) of a Christmas play last performed about 1930 in
Selston, Notts. The characters are; 1st Man, St. George, Old Woman, Doctor,
Beelzebub, Jenny Wibble, Tommy Tup.
Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection (1960, H.Peach)
Howard Peach (Auth.)
"MEMORIES OF A VILLAGER": Some Glimpses of Selston, 1875-1900 [Christmas, Guysers & Plough Monday]
Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection,
Written 26th Mar.1960, Ref.DD/121/1/54, 8pp.
Entry to an essay competition on old village life at Selston, Notts. It
includes the following (pp.6-7);
"On Shrove Tuesday there was the old custom of 'pegging (locking) out the
Schoolmaster', very popular with the children for the half day holiday which
followed the proceedings."
"After the harvest, it was but a short wait until Bonfire Night, and in due
course, Christmas. Merrymaking there certainly was, but not much in the way of
expensive presents, cards and the various extravegances we take for granted
nowadays. But there was some good singing, and the chance for the boys to dress
up as 'guysers,' and go from house to house performing the traditional plays
associated with Plough Monday."
A.E.Green Collection (1966, C.Simons)
Clifford Simons (Inf.)
*New Year Jubilees Play from Selston, Notts.
Col. 5th Feb.1966, Vol.XIV, Accession 476
*Text fragments of a New Year from Selston, Notts., performed
by 17- to 18-year old church lads called Jubilees before 1917.
Characters: Bullguy, St. George, Dragon(?), and Doctor.
The name "Jubilees" may be a misinderstanding on the part of
the collector - being derived from lines that elsewhere have the
words "jovial actors", "juveniles", etc.
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."
P.T.Millington Collection (1971c)
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES ON NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE FOLK DRAMA RECORDED BY PETER T. MILLINGTON: SELSTON Notts SK 4652
Brief note as follows:-
"Recorded from the barman of the 'Shepherds Rest' Bagthorpe in January 1971.
The informant described the visits of Bullguysers to the pub at Christmas in
1970. The boys had blackened faces and wore their coats inside out, and carried
wooden swords. Characters included a First Man, Bullguy, Beelzebub, Doctor and
The informant was not sure where the Bull Guysers came from, but thought they
came from Brinsley. The characters are more in keeping with the Selston
P.T.Millington Collection (1971, H.Clark - b)
Harry Clark (Inf.)
*Mumming custom from Selston, Notts.
Col. 28th May 1971
*Mr.Clark described a custom called Mumming from Selston, Notts., that
he had been told about by his mother. Youths with blackened faces and with
stout poles about five feet long at night or at dusk would go from house
to house and pound on the ground with their sticks and mumble (i.e.
"Mumumum...") until silver was given.
Peter T. Millington (Auth.)
CORRESPONDENCE CORNER: Local Guysers' Plays
Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser,
4th Feb.1972, Vol.75, No.4067, p.8 i
This letter summarises information received following an article published by
the author three weeks earlier. The replies gave information on; Christmas,
Guysers' plays performed at Underwood and Brinsley, Notts., and Heanor and
Pinxton, Derbys., a Christmas, Bull Guysers' play from Selston, Notts., and a
Plough Monday, Plough Bullockers' play from Kimberley, Notts. Information was
also received concerning a Scottish play [Tillicoultry, Clack.].
The form of the name "Plough Bullockers" was probably copied from a respelling
introduced by the newspaper editor into the original article, which in
manuscript used the form "Plough Bullocks".
P.T.Millington Collection (1972, B.Faulconbridge)
Mrs. Barbara Faulconbridge (Inf.)
[Christmas, Bull Guyses play from Selston, Notts.]
Com. 20th Jan.1972 & 20th Feb.1972
Two letters. The first, responding to a newspaper article, gives an
incomplete text (14 + 4 lines) of a Bull Guyses (Guyseing) play performed at
Christmas from about 1946 to 1950 at Selston, Notts. The characters are;
Enterer, Bull Guyse, St. George, Doctor Brown and Bells-a-bub, with additional
unidentified supernumerary characters for the "Hangers-on". The performers, who
were her friends, "... moved out of Selston with their activities as they found
that at Somercotes and Alfreton it was something quite new..."
The song "We've come to steal your old black hen" was sung at the end of the
play, and second letter was in response to a query as to what the tune was like.
It also gives the words of another "saying" mostly used with Christmas singing.
Nottingham Traditional Music Club Collection (1972, A.Cockburn & M.Couldry)
*Christmas and New Year Guysers play from Selston, Notts.
*Nottingham Traditional Music Club Collection,
*Fragments and description of a Christmas to New Year Guysers'
(Guysering) play from Selston, Notts., performed by boys aged 11 to
13 years with black faces. The characters are: Leader In, Bullguy,
St. George, Doctor, and Beelzebub.
P.T.Millington Collection (1973, A.Coleman - c)
A. Coleman (Inf.)
[Children's games and other folklore from Selston, Notts.]
Com. 14th Feb.1973
A lengthy letter describing various children's lore. Mr. Coleman was
resident in a sheltered housing scheme at Selston, Notts., so the descriptions
relate to before the Great War.
Topics include; various sayings, mostly weather lore, notably relating to
Candlemas and November 23rd; letting the New Year in on New Year's Morning; and
the children's games of "Lurky", "Bulls Horns" and "Duck Stone".
P.T.Millington Collection (1973, A.Coleman - a)
Mr. Arthur Coleman (Perf.)
SELSTON - CHRISTMAS AND PLOUGH MONDAY GUYSERS (GUYSERING) PLAY
Col. 1st Jan.1973
Incomplete text of a play (41 lines) from Selston, Notts. The characters
included; [First Man], Bullguy, Doctor, Beelzebub, Tommy Tut, [Last Man], and
others. Mr. Coleman remembered Guysering as a boy about 1895. The Guysers
(also known to some as Mummers,) went round at Christmas and also on Plough
P.T.Millington Collection (1973, R.Coleman)
Mr. Ralph Coleman (Perf.)
SELSTON - PLOUGH BULLOCK NIGHT GUYSERS (GUYSING) PLAY AND CHRISTMAS MUMMING
Col. 1st Jan.1973
Incomplete text of play from Selston, Notts., with the characters; Saint
George, Bullguy, Doctor and Beelzebub. Mr. Coleman remembered performing the
Guysers as a child in 1907 or 1908, on Plough Bullock Night. The activity was
called Guysing and the performers called Guysers or sometimes Bullguysers.
Mummers went round at Christmas - late at night - singing carols. They would
dress up so as to be frightening, and they carried sticks which they pounded on
the ground to mark time "in a frightening manner"
P.T.Millington Collection (1973, A.Coleman - b)
Mr. Arthur Coleman (Inf.)
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES ON NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE FOLK DRAMA RECORDED BY PETER T. MILLINGTON: ADDENDA: SELSTON Notts SK 4652
Col. 1st Jan.1973
Brief note as follows:-
"Recorded 1st Jan. 1973 from Mr. Arthur Coleman of Moor Rd., Selston, Notts.
First thing in the morning on New Years day, children used to visit their
neighbours to let the new year in. They said the following lines at the door:-
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year,
A pocket full of money, and a cellarful of beer,
A good fat pig to kill next year.
A hole in my stocking, a hole in my shoe.
Please will you give me a copper or two
If you ain't got a penny, a hapenny will do,
If you ain't got a hapenny, God bless you.
After reciting this, they were invited inside and given refreshments and/or
R. W. Storer (Auth.)
Victorian Selston [includes Bull Guysing fragment]
Selston: Worker's Education Association, 1975, p.54
This is a general local history of the Parish of Selston, Notts., which
includes Bagthorpe, Underwood and Jacksdale. The following appears on page 54;
"Older children and adults took the mumming plays or 'Bull Guysing' to the
public houses and for a few of the better-off houses. These plays had their
origin in Mediaeval Times and the acting or spoken word portrayed either the
Christian Festivals, the New Year, the Saints, etc. Some older readers may well
remember the cheery character of the blackened face of Bel-zebub and his final
lines at the Christmas play:-
In comes owd Bel-zebub,
On me back a' carry me club,
In me 'and a dripping pan,
Don't yo'u think I'm a jolly old man,
If yo'u don't, I do.
Plum puddings hot, Plum puddings cow'd,
Plum puddings in the pot nine days owd,
If you think I'm a fool and got no sense,
put yo'ur hand in yo'ur pocket and gimme a few pence.
These plays have survived in certain parts of the country and in particular in
the Erewash valley until recent times."
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.
Ian Russell (Auth.)
In Comes I, Brut King: Tradition and Modernity in the Drama of the Jacksdale Bullguisers
Journal of American Folklore,
Oct.1981, Vol.94, No.374, pp.456-485
Detailed description of how the Flint family of Jacksdale, Notts., updated
their Christmas Bullguisers play to include allusions to television programmes
and adverts. Three play texts are given. One of 66 lines was originally
performed in 1946 at Selston, and the next year in Swanwick, Derbys. This had
the characters; Enter In, Bullguys, St. George, Dr. Brown and Betsy
Bellsybub. It was later revived in Jacksdale in 1978 with the same characters,
but with only 58 lines of text, some of which are not present in the
"original". The modernised Jacksdale play (51 lines) was performed from 1975 to
1977, and had the characters; Enter In, Referee, Brut King, Kung Fluey and
Slack Alice. The plot was based round a boxing match, with Slack Alice taking
the place of the Doctor. Extensive itineraries are given, as well cast lists
for the 1975 to 1978 performances.
I.T.Jones Collection (1981, I.M.O'Brien)
Mrs. I. M. O'Brien (Inf.)
Underwood/Selston/Bagthorpe, Notts: Questionnaire from Mrs I.M.O'Brien
7th Feb 1981, Ref.K9-4
Questionnaire from Mrs O'Brien, age 60, who was born in Selston and now
lives in Underwood giving some of her recollections and some from Mrs
R. Kirk. 63 lines of text given from the Bagthorpe area with characters
Announcer, St. George, Slasher, Father, Doctor, Beelzebub and Little Devil
Doubt. 7 Lines of text given from the play performed in Selston. Performances
remembered up to 1944 in Underwood. Players referred to locally as 'Guysers'
or 'Bull guysers'
Ronald W. Storer (Ed.)
SELSTON 1913: 'END OF AN ERA': AND THE BIRTH OF OUR SELSTON BRANCH OF THE WORKERS' EDUCATION ASSOCIATION [includes muummers play]
Selston: Selston Branch of the Workers' Education Association, 1983
The chapter entitled "Selson Mummers" gives the full text (83 lines) of
a mummers play performed at Christmas and New Year in Selston, Notts.,
during the first quarter of the 20th Century. It was collected from Abraham
Edward Simpson Coleman who was born about 1900. The characters are;
Introducer, Bull-Guy, King George's Son, [Bull-Guy's Father], Doctor and
A.S.Buxton & D.J.Bradbury (1987)
A. S. Buxton (Auth.); D. J. Bradbury (Comp.)
Early Mansfield [including Plough Monday plays]
Mansfield: Wheel Publications, 1987
This book is compilation of the writings on the history of Mansfield, Notts.,
by A.S.Buxton, mostly published in the 1920s. Appendix 1 covers Mansfield
customs, dialect and folklore. Customs mentioned include; "Going a Gooding" or
"Going a Corning" on St. Thomas' Day, drawing lots for Valentines on Valentine
Day, and the Cheese and Statute Fairs. There is also a glossary explaining some
40 dialect terms.
Most of the appendix is taken up with a description of Plough Bullocks' Plough
Monday plays, [taken from A.S.Buxton (1922).] This includes a brief history of
Plough Lights and plough trailing. Malicious ploughing is mentioned, and a
more detailed description of alternative tricks played in Mansfield. Potential
victims ran the Plough Bullocks out of the street with a red hot
poker. Fragments of text are quoted, and the characters St. George, Slasher,
Doctor and Beelzebub are mentioned. Comparisons are made with an unidentified
Cornish Christmas play and a Selston play collected by Miss Manners.
Peter Millington (Auth.)
IN YOUR VIEW: DO GUYSERS STILL EXIST? [in the area around Eastwood, Notts.]
Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser,
18th Jan.1991, Vol.94, No.5052, p.9 c-d
Twenty year ago, I wrote an article for the Advertiser with the above title,
and asking your readers about the local custom of Guysing or Bullguysing.
These short rhymed plays, with St. George, Beelzebub, the Doctor, and a host of
other possible characters, were traditionally performed around Christmas time
by children going from house to house.
My worry at the time was that custom was dying out.
The response from your readers was very rewarding, and several people sent
vivid details of their own performances in the 1930s and 1940s. Fortunately
Guysing had not died.
I was able to record Bullguysers in Brinsley in 1971 and 1972, and the Eastwood
Community Association performed the play to raise funds for Eastwood Festival
in the mid 1970s.
However, the last performances I have heard of were recorded about 1980 by
Dr.Ian Russell of Sheffield University in Jacksdale and Selston.
Do Guysers still exist?
I would dearly like to know if any of your readers saw or performed a Guysers'
play this year, and if so where. Of course, I would still be interested in any
other information people can give me on their Guysing experiences, and I will
pass this on to local libraries for posterity.
I feel that it would be a pity to see this centuries-old custom disappear. I
would like to think that information from your readers will not only keep a
record for future generations, but perhaps inspire continued performances into
the Twenty First Century.
232 College Street,
Nottingham, NG10 4GW"
The heading on my original letter to the editor was headed "Out Goes I St.
P.T.Millington Collection (1991)
Mrs. Barbara Faulconbridge (Inf.)
[Christmas Bullguysers Play and Bullguysing in Selston, Notts.]
Received 29th Jan.1991
Letter describing experiences of Bullguysing in Selston, Notts. Mrs.
Faulconbridge was associated with the custom as a girl, probably about
1940. She was not a performer herself, having to be content with Christmas
singing. The local Bullguysers "disappeared" when they discovered more
lucrative grounds in Somercotes and Alfreton. In later life she had taught the
play to her husband and sons for the entertainment of family and friends around
One of her sons witnessed a set of Guysers performing in Awsworth, Notts.,
during Christmas 1990.
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).
Maurice William Holmes (Perf.)
LONG LIVE THE GUISERS [Play text from Selston Parish, Notts.]
Haggs Farm Preservation Society Newsletter,
Jun.1993, No.12, pp.6-10
Reminiscences and anecdotes of performing a Christmas Guisers play from
about 1947. It was taken round the Parish of Selston, Notts. [From other
evidence, I know that Underwood was the team's home village.] The full text
of the play is given (61 lines), and it has the characters; Opener In (played
by Keith Simpson, St. George, Slasher, Doctor, Beelzebub and Devildoubt.
* indicates data that not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.