"Old Robin Hood" (1918)
"Old Robin Hood" (Auth.)
LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: No. 237: Plough Monday [St. Ann's Well Road, Nottingham]
"This is the first Monday after Twelfth Day by the country almanack. In all
agricultural districts the labourers used to drag the plough about and plough up
your "doorstep" if you did not give them money. I remember 'plough bullocks,'
or lads with blackened faces, marching about St. Ann's Well road and singing
doggerel for money on Plough Monday. They had no plough, although there were
plenty of green fields about in those days.
But I expect it would be a great day in the country in old times. Did the
farmers all plough together on that day, or was it the opening of the ploughing
season? I have some recollection that in Yorkshire there was a general plough
The editor then goes on to quote extensively from W.Hone's (1837) description of
the Yorks., custom of ploughing for a new tenant.
St. Ann's Well Road, Nottingham, Notts. (SK5741); Yorks.
Plough Trailing; Malicious Ploughing; Ploughing for New Tenant; Plough Monday; Plough Bullocks; Hone,W. (1837)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00195;
Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, 1908-1918
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