Nottingham Evening News (1951)
Newsman's Notebook: MUMMERS' PLAY AGAIN AT TOLLERTON
*Nottingham Evening News,
4th Jan.1951, No.20288, p.4 d
"There may be a war in Korea.
There may be rumours of shortages, meet cuts and all the
queer things so typical of the 20th
century, but in Tollerton tomorrow
villagers of Tollerton, Plumtree
and Keyworth will meet once
again in the kitchen of Hall Farm
to perform the traditional Plough
Monday Mummers' Play.
The custom was revived some
years ago by Mr.A.H.Brown, of
Hall Farm and since his death
his wife has continued it. After
the first performance the Mummers
will take a week to tour the
surrounding villages, giving the
play in the kitchens of large
farmhouses. Proceeds this year will
go to St. Dunstan's.
In olden times the arrival of
Plough Sunday, when the plough
was taken into the church and
blessed, and Plough Monday
meant the end of the Christmas
holidays and beginning of the
Chambers' Book of Days contains
a lengthy article by a 17th
century Nottingham writer,
Gervase Markham, on what the
ploughman should do in January;
it is taken from one of Markham's
many books on farming 'Farewell
to Husbandry' published in 1653."
Tollerton, Notts. (SK6134); Plumtree, Notts. (SK6133); Keyworth, Notts. (SK6130)
Play; Plough Blessing; Plough Monday; Mummers; Plough Sunday; Gervase Markham (1653)
Mr. A. H. Brown (Perf.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00104;
T.Bailey Forman Library, "Plough Monday" file
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