Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection (1960, T.Johnson)
Thomas Johnson (Auth.)
MEMORIES OF A VILLAGER: BALDERTON [Plough Monday]
Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection,
Written 2nd Feb.1960, Ref.DD/121/1/6, 11pp. [sheets numbered 130-141]
Entry to an essay competition on old village life at Balderton,
Notts. It gives details of local customs, including Harvest Home and Dole
Day. Pages 138-139 give the following;
"Plough Monday Plays
I have seen a Plough Monday Play only once.
A friend of mine described the play as an Elizabethan travesty. Locally the
boys kept up their custom until about the end of the last century.
The version I saw was as follows:-
Each character wore adornments to suit his particular role. A player entered
the house and recited his piece and the others followed with additions to the
story. I only remember Beelzebub and the Doctor. Beelzebub's lines started
'In comes I old Beelzebub.
In my hand I carry a club' (perhaps to slay the dragon)
The doctor came in his turn with his bottle of Paregoric. The performance ended
with the whole company chanting some doggeral."
Balderton, Notts. (SK8151)
Col. 1960; Perf. c. 1900
Essay; Plough Monday; Plays; Beelzebub; Doctor; Text Fragment; Dole Day; Harvest Home
Nottinghamshire Local History Council (Col.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00402
Last Updated Mar 1992 by Peter Millington.