Master Mummers - Cropwell Bishop Plough Play (Nottinghamshire Guardian (1943))

Nottinghamshire Guardian (1943)


Source:

*[Anon.] (Auth.)
*Cropwell Bishop Plough Play
*Nottinghamshire Guardian, 23rd Jan. 1943

"On several evenings recently a group of schoolboys at Cropwell Bishop have revived the ancient plough-boys' play in the village.

It had been the custom to give the old play at Cropwell Bishop but it lapsed some years ago. It was a relic here, as in many other places in England, of the celebration of Plough Monday, the first Monday after Twelfth Day, so called because it was the end of the Christmas holidays and the day when men returned to the plough, or daily work.

It was the custom for the 'stot plough' as it was called, and sometimes 'fond,' 'fool' or 'white' plough, to be drawn from door to door, with much mummery by gaily decorated labourers, to solicit 'plough money' to spend on frolic.

The boys at Cropwell Bishop have been putting on an excellent show which resulted in the collection of œ8 10s. for Mrs. Churchill's Aid to Russia Fund."

The historical information seems to have been drawn from folklore books rather than from sources in Cropwell Bishop.

Index Terms:

Locations: Cropwell Bishop, Notts. (SK6835)
Years: Rev. 1943
Subjects: Plough Play; Plough-Boys; Play; Plough Monday; Stot Plough; Fond Plough; Fool Plough; White Plough; Plough Trailing; Plough Money
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00318;
Notts. County Library, Local Studies Section, Folklore Box, L39.9

* indicates data that has not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.


Last Updated Mar 1992 by Peter Millington.