I.T.Jones Collection (1983, I.T.Jones - d)
Mr. Idwal Jones (Col.)
A Plough Monday Frolic: Notes [Willingham, Lincs. 1882]
Written 1983, Ref.L5-1
The Retford & Gainsborough Times (1882) describes a case in
the Gainsborough Petty Sessions where 5 men from Willingham were
convicted of ploughing through 5 asparagus beds and a celery row
and destroying some raspberry canes on Plough Monday 12/1/1882.
The prosecutor said that these people were plough fags and when
they did not get any money they imagined they had the right to
plough across the garden. Lincolnshire Chronicle (1882) gives a
similar account but describes them damaging a number of raspberry
canes, an asparagus bed and the lawns of the rectory and gives
the name of one defendant as George Strawson and not George Rawson.
Gainsborough Petty Sessions records at Lincoln Castle Archives
only begin in 1910. Census returns could give more information
on the plough fags.
This research is described in I.T.Jones (1983) - TD00586
Willingham, Lincs. (SK8784)
Written 1983; Occurred 1882
Petty Sessions; Plough Monday; Plough Fags; Malicious Ploughing; Court Case
Mr. Idwal Tudor Jones (Col.); George Strawson (Defendant); George Rawson (Defendant)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00577;
I.T.Jones Collection, Ref.L5-1
Last Updated Feb 2005 by Idwal Jones.