Edwinstowe (SK6266), Nottinghamshire

F.Collingwood (1933)

Frances Collingwood (Auth.)
Folk Lore of Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Magazine, 1933, Vol.1, No.3, pp.187-188

Despite its general title, half of this article is devoted to Plough Monday plays. Brief descriptions are given of versions from Clayworth, Notts., and Blidworth, Notts., and there is an unlocated photograph of a team of actors. No text is quoted however. The Clayworth play had the characters; Soldier, Old Eezum Squeezum, Clown and Doctor, although sometimes King George or Saint George appeared instead of Soldier, and Beelzebub replaced Eezum Squeezum. The Blidworth "Plough-Bullocking" play had; King George, Doctor and a Pressgang, and is described as being extant. It was collected by Rev. Edward Dunnicliff of Ollerton. Cecil Sharp's theories on the dualistic nature of the play, and their supposed pagan origins are reiterated. The rest of the article discusses the Eakring Ball Game played on Easter Tuesdays, and Maypoles at Wellow, Edwinstowe, Linby, Farnsfield, Stapleford and Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection (1960, H.Parnell)

H. Parnell (Auth.)
[Plough Monday at Edwinstowe, Notts.]
Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection, Written 19th Mar.1960, Ref.DD/121/1/25, 6pp.

Entry to an essay competition entitled "Memories of a Villager", on old village life at Edwinstowe, Notts. On pages 4-5 it states;, "Plough Monday was always kept up by groups of young men who went in the evenings around the Village doing their act regularly up to 50 years ago."