Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection (1960, O.P.Scott)
Oswald Peter Scott (Perf.)
Competition: Memories of a Villager [Plough Monday at Cropwell Butler, Notts.]
Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection,
Written 23rd Mar.1960, Ref.DD/121/1/23, 4pp.
Runner up in an essay competition on old village life at Cropwell Butler,
Notts. It is marked up for publication in 'Nottinghamshire Countryside'
(O.P.Scott, 1960/61). It includes the following on page 1, referring to the
"Local customs were many & varied. The custom of tinpanning an offender out of
the village with his partner who had committed moral sin was still done when I
was a boy. I recall two & lustily banged a kettle though I didn't then know
what for. Plough Monday, we lads spent a week going round the farms doing
charades. Tom the Fool, The Soldier, The Lady, Dame Jane, Beelzebub and the
Doctor, I can still remember every word. The farmers supplied us with beef and
ale and after we had finished we spent the whole night at Wyverton Hall, 4
miles away the residence of the Chaworth-Musters family, entertaining the
Ladies and Gentlemen who had come down for the hunting season. More ale and
cheese and 7/6 each which in those days were riches."
The essay also mentions Valentine's Day for the girls.
Cropwell Butler, Notts. (SK6837); Wyverton Hall, Notts. (SK7136)
Col. 1960; Perf. 1890s
Essay; Plough Monday; Play; Tom the Fool; Soldier; Lady; Dame Jane; Beelzebub; Doctor; Tinpanning; Valentine's Day
Nottinghamshire Local History Council (Col.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00409
Last Updated Mar 1992 by Peter Millington.