Newthorpe (SK4846), Nottinghamshire

P.T.Millington Collection (1971, Dakin)

Mrs. Dakin (Inf.)
P.T.Millington Collection, Col. Dec.1971

Brief note as follows:-

"Recorded from Mrs. Dakin of Newthorpe in December 1971.

The informant stated that a play had been performed until very recently by boys called Molly Guysers. Characters included Beelzebub and a Doctor. The last known date of performance was the Christmas of 1970."

P.T.Millington Collection (1973, T.H.Millington)

Thomas Herbert Millington (Inf.)
[Christmas Play, Newthorpe, Notts.]
P.T.Millington Collection, Col. Dec.1973

The informant witnessed a Christmas play performed at the Ram Inn, Newthorpe, Notts., on Thursday 20th Dec.1973. It was performed by four or five youths, about 12 years old, who had blackened faces. The play lasted four or five minutes, ending by collecting money in a frying pan.

P.T.Millington Collection (1975, P.Wragg)

Mrs. P. Wragg (Inf.)
P.T.Millington Collection, Col. 1975

Annotated typescript plus further notes of a Christmas Guysers play performed by Eastwood Festival Committee in 1973 and 1974, in Eastwood, Hilltop and Newthorpe, Notts. The text (28 lines) was provided by Clr.K.J.Davis, who had performed it as a boy in Selston, Notts. The characters were Gypsy, Fairy, Opener, Bull-Guy, St. George, Doctor Brown and Belzebub.

P.T.Millington Collection (1991, G.S.Bennieston)

Mr. G. S. Bennieston (Perf.)
P.T.Millington Collection, Col. Feb.1991

Information about a Guysers play performed in Underwood, Notts., between 1953 and 1958 or 1959. The characters were; Opener, Little Devil Doubt, Saint George, Doctor Brown and Beelzebub. The fight was between Little Devil Doubt and Saint George, and Saint George lost. There were three teams operating in Underwood at the time. The itinerary (on foot) covered Underwood, Annesley, Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Kimberley, Eastwood, Jacksdale and Selston. They performed Christmas Eve, Christmas Night and Boxing Night. They had a standing engagement on Christmas Night at Felley Priory.

P.Millington (1991b)

Peter Millington (Auth.)
Do Guysers still exist? [West Notts., plays]
Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser, 20th Dec.1991, Vol.94, No.5099, p.14 a-b

Description of accounts communicated following an appeal for information on Christmas Guysers earlier in 1991. There is a description of the play performed by Mr. Tom Thorpe in Bagthorpe in the 1930s. This had the characters; Opener In, St. George, Slasher, Doctor, Belzibub and Devildowt. Belzibub's speech is quoted. In the 1950s, Mr.G.S.Bennieston performed in a team in Underwood. They also went to Annesley, Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Kimberley, Eastwood, Jacksdale, Selston and Felley Priory. There is a long description of Mrs. Barbara Faulconbridge's experiences with Bullguysers in Selston, in which she also mentions one of her sons seeing Guysers performing in Awsworth in 1990. The Selston teams eventually took to going to Somercotes, Derbys. Finally, there is a mention of the annual Guysing performed by the Ripley Morris Men in Ripley, Derbys. Syd Barber collected their play from Mr. Percy Cook of Ripley.

P.Millington (1991c)

Peter Millington (Auth.)
*Do Guysers still exist? [West Notts., plays]
*Ripley & Heanor News, 21st Dec.1991, Vol.102

Syndicated article - see P.Millington (1991b).

* indicates data that not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.