Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury (1865)
*Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury,
13th Jan.1865, pp.4b
"The fooleries practised on Plough-Monday by the young agricultural
labourers of the neighbourhood kept the youth of Stamford in a state
of excitement throughout last Monday, and many of the tradesmen were
subject to considerable annoyance by their importuities. Some of the
cacicatures of ladies'fashions were, however, exceedingly laughable.
Stalwart fellows with painted faces dressed in shawls, crinolines,
little pork-pie hats; frilled, furbelowed, and decked out with
flaunting ribbons; paced the streets from noon to misty eve; and many
of them departed to their homes "fresh" with drink but anything rather
than fresh in their appearance. This custom of begging in disguise and
marching about with worn-out besoms seems to increase as the years roll
on, instead of diminishing as education progresses."
Stamford, Lincs. (TF0207)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00716;
Lincoln City Library, Morris Dancers or 'Plough Jacks' File Ref.L394
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