Arthur Cossons (Auth.)
THE VILLAGERS REMEMBER
Transactions of the Thoroton Society,
1962, Vol.66, pp.67-82
Summarises information contained in entries to an essay competition run by
the Nottinghamshire Local History Society in 1960 (see Nottinghamshire
Countryside, 1959/1960). The essays entitled "The memories of a villager" were
to be based on the entrants' own recollections of Notts., village life. The 66
entries are deposited in the Nottinghamshire Archives Office.
Information is described under the following headings; Agriculture, Crafts
Trades Industries, Transport, The Squire, Domestic Life, Customs, Houses, Field
Names, Education, Miscellaneous and Material Remains.
The customs mentioned include; Shrove Tuesday customs, Rantanning or Tinpanning,
and Mumping on St. Thomas's Day. The competition announcement had particularly
asked for information on Plough Monday, and a list is given of 24 places where
this was mentioned. Places getting a more detailed mention were plays at
Blidworth, Cropwell Butler (where the characters were Tom the Fool, Soldier,
Lady Dame Jane, Beelzebub and Doctor), Ranby (Horse's Head and Morris Dancing),
and Shelford (Plough trailing).
Notts.; Blidworth, Notts. (SK5855); Cropwell Butler, Notts. (SK6837); Ranby, Notts. (SK6580); Shelford, Notts. (SK6642)
Plough Monday; Essay Competition; Customs; Shrove Tuesday; Rantanning; Tinpanning; Mumping; St. Thomas's Day; Plays; Tom the Fool; Soldier; Lady Dame Jane; Beelzebub; Doctor; Horse's Head; Morris Dancing; Plough Trailing
Nottinghamshire Local History Council (Col.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00033
Last Updated Mar 1989 by Peter Millington.