Sutton-in-Ashfield (SK5059), Nottinghamshire
"John Granby" (Auth.)
*LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: Poor owd 'oss
"RUSTIC wassailing was not yet extinct, but the excesses of
disgruntled plough-bullockers had put them out of favour. Mummers
or guisers entertained villagers with their play of St. George
into the later years of the century.
At Mansfield, the hobby-horse performance was represented by the
'Poor old 'oss' until about 1870. Still later at Sutton-in-Ashfield
a man was accustomed to parade the streets at four o'clock in the
morning ringing a bell to summon people to awake and prepare for
Children at Hucknall continued to carry about a glass-topped box
in which dolls representing the Virgin and infant Babe lay among
ivy and holly.
At each house of call the covering cloth was withdrawn, the images
viewed, and it was deemed unlucky to let the children depart without
The Education Act of 1870 helped to put an end to old customs, but
some struggled on to disappear completely during the war of 1914-18.
It is significant of the hold Christmas customs obtained upon the
public that present conditions of life have not killed them all.
Some of the more domestic celebrations still exist. Others have
lately been revived."
P.T.Millington Collection (1971e)
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES ON NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND DERBYSHIRE FOLK DRAMA RECORDED BY PETER T. MILLINGTON: SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD Notts SK 5059
Col. 1st Feb.1971
Brief note as follows:-
"Recorded from an unnamed informant on the 1st February 1971 at the 'Speed the
The informant remembered taking part in Plough Bullocking on Plough Monday
during his youth. No other information was obtained. Performed circa 1930."
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