Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection (1960, H.Peach)
Howard Peach (Auth.)
"MEMORIES OF A VILLAGER": Some Glimpses of Selston, 1875-1900 [Christmas, Guysers & Plough Monday]
Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection,
Written 26th Mar.1960, Ref.DD/121/1/54, 8pp.
Entry to an essay competition on old village life at Selston, Notts. It
includes the following (pp.6-7);
"On Shrove Tuesday there was the old custom of 'pegging (locking) out the
Schoolmaster', very popular with the children for the half day holiday which
followed the proceedings."
"After the harvest, it was but a short wait until Bonfire Night, and in due
course, Christmas. Merrymaking there certainly was, but not much in the way of
expensive presents, cards and the various extravegances we take for granted
nowadays. But there was some good singing, and the chance for the boys to dress
up as 'guysers,' and go from house to house performing the traditional plays
associated with Plough Monday."
Selston, Notts. (SK4553)
Col. 1960; Perf. 1875 to 1900
Essay; Bonfire Night; Christmas; Guysers; Play; Plough Monday; Shrove Tuesday; Pegging Out the Schoolmaster
Mr. W. W. Dobbs (Auth.); Nottinghamshire Local History Council (Col.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00423
Last Updated Mar 1992 by Peter Millington.