William Page (Auth.)
THE VICTORIA HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF NOTTINGHAM
London: Constable and Company Limited, 1910, Vol.2, pp.410-413
The chapter on "Old-Time Sports" gives details of a number of Notts., customs
taken from published accounts. These include; Bull-baiting, Bear-baiting,
Badger-baiting, and Cock-fighting, throwing at the cock and thrashing the fat
hen at Shrovetide, May-poles and May-day customs, Oak and Nettle Day, the
Eakring Ball-play on Easter Tuesday, Midsummer's Eve bonfires, wrestling and the
St. Ann's Well Shepherd's Race or maze.
The description of Plough Monday or Plough Bullock Day covers plough trailing
and malicious ploughing. A fragment is given from a play from South Notts,
with the characters; bold Anthony, St. George, Selina and a doctor. Washington
Irving's (1835) account of a Plough Monday and Morris Dancers at Newstead Abbey
is also quoted.
Notts.; South Nottinghamshire, Notts.; Newstead Abbey, Notts. (SK5453); St. Ann's Well, Nottingham, Notts. (SK5741); Eakring, Notts. (SK6762)
Play; Dance; Plough Trailing; Plough Monday; Plough Bullocks; Morris Dancers; Bull-Baiting; Bear-Baiting; Badger-Baiting; Cock-Fighting; Throwing at the Cock; Thrashing the Fat Hen; Shrovetide; May-Poles; May-Day; Oak and Nettle Day; Football; Ball-Play; Easter Tuesday; Midsummer's Eve; Bonfires; Wrestling; Shepherd's Race; Maze; Plough Bullock Day; Plough Trailing; Malicious Ploughing; Text Fragments; Bold Anthony; St. George; Selina; Doctor; Irving,W. (1835)
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Last Updated Jul 1988 by Peter Millington.