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.
Selston, Notts. (SK4553); Somercotes, Derbys. (SK4253); Alfreton, Derbys. (SK4155)
Perf. about 1946 to 1950; Com. 1972
Play; Text; Bull Guyses; Guyseing; Christmas; Enterer; Bull Guyse; St. George; Doctor Brown; Bells-a-bub; Song; "We've come to steal your Old Black Hen"; Christmas Singing; Itinerary
Peter Thomas Millington (Col.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00299
Last Updated Jun 1986 by Peter Millington.