Claypole (SK8449), Lincolnshire

Newark Advertiser (1890)

[Anon.] (Auth.)
*Local and general news: CLAYPOLE - PLOUGH MONDAY
Newark Advertiser, 22nd Jan.1890, Vol.38, No.1807, p.5f

"The ancient custom in connection with this day was observed as usual in this village on Monday week. The plough-lads in their fantastic costumes, started out at nine o'clock in the morning for the surrounding villages and farm houses and did not finish their round until late at night. During their absence, numbers of little lads, adorned with ribbons, were to be seen running from house to house with their plea for 'coppers'"

P.Spratley (1977) pp.1-8

Philip Spratley (Auth.)
P.Spratley (1977), pp.1-8

Text of a Plough-Jags/Ploughboys play (141 lines, 3 tunes) collected from Claypole, Kesteven, Lincs., and performed through Epiphany tide. Plough Monday and Christmas are also mentioned in the text. The characters are; Fool/Tommy, Recruiting Sergeant, Farmer's Man, Lady, Old Dame Jane, Beelzebub/Beelzie and Doctor. The play was also performed at Fenton and Stubton, Lincs. It was revived in Bottesford, Leics., and for Grantham Festival of Music and Drama in 1972. A list of the revival performers is included.

The tune for the sung dialogue is virtually identical to that from Blidworth, Notts., in P.T.Millington Collection (1971, H.Clark).

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