Master Mummers - Wellingore: Plough Monday (South Cliff Parish Magazine (1893))

South Cliff Parish Magazine (1893)


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WELLINGORE: PLOUGH MONDAY
South Cliff Parish Magazine, Jan.1893

Magazine for various parishes just to the south of Lincoln. Copy seen in Lincoln City Library.

"It may not be amiss to explain that the first Monday after the Epiphany - this year Monday, January the 9th - is the proper date of the ancient rustic Festival known as Plough Monday.

In olden times the ploughmen, before returning to their regular work after the Christmas holiday, which ended at the Epiphany, on this day went about in parties, acting certain quaint little plays and receiving contributions from the householders of the Parish.

Until within the last few years this ancient custom has survived in Longoboby Deanery. If any of us take an interest in cherishing even the last traces of this historic mumming, they should refuse to countenance the ignorant pretensions of small boys, who even before Christmas, take upon themselves to act the ploughman's part. Whereas, a visit by young or old, who on or about the right date come prepared to amuse with an honest attempt at the traditional performance, would certainly deserve a favourable reception."

Index Terms:

Locations: Wellingore, Lincs. (SK9856)
Years: Perf. within a few years of 1893
Subjects: Plough Monday; Play
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00728

Last Updated Apr 2005 by Idwal Jones.