Peter Millington (Auth.)
The Cropwell Ploughboy's Costume of 1893
Traditional Drama Forum,
Paper concerning a Ploughboys costume from the Plough-Monday play from
Cropwell, Notts. A costume, made by a performer, was sent by
Mrs. L. Chaworth Musters of Wiverton Hall to T.F.Ordish, who exhibited it
during a lecture to the Folk-Lore Society in 1983. Letters from
Mrs. Chaworth Musters to Ordish, and from her informant H.Howell of
Cropwell Butler are quoted. From these, there is are discrepancies between
the their descriptions of the costume sent to Ordish, and the costume he
eventually bequeathed to the Folk-Lore Society - photos of which are given.
It seems likely that this costume is a contemporary reconstruction.
This costume is sometimes attributed to the character Hopper Joe, but this
is not clear cut from the correspondence on which this attribution is based.
The need to include the "Ploughboys Song" in the Ordish Collection with
the Cropwell text is also discussed. This was written down by Wm. Parnham
of Tithby on the 19th Jan.1893
Cropwell, Notts. (SK6836); Cropwell Butler, Notts. (SK6837); Tithby, Notts. (SK6936); Wiverton Hall, Notts. (SK7136)
Ploughboys; Costume; Plough-Monday; Play; Ordish,T.F. (1893); Chaworth-Musters,L. (1890); "Ploughboys Song"; Song
Mrs. Lina Chaworth-Musters (Col.); Mrs. Caroline Anne Chaworth-Musters (Col.); Thomas Fairman Ordish (Col.); H. Howell (Perf.); Wm. Parnham (Perf.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00792
Last Updated Mar 2005 by Peter Millington.