Walesby (SK6870), Nottinghamshire
M. W. Barley (Auth.); E. F. H. D. (Col.)
Plough Plays in Nottinghamshire
Oct.1951, Vol.13, No.2, pp.1-2
This is a request for information on Plough monday plays. Brief descriptions
are given of the sort of information wanted, together with outlines of the
possible historical implications of Plough Monday and of the questions it is
hoped to answer. The names Plough Boys, or Jacks, or Jags, or Stots, or
Bullocks are mentioned. He particularly asks for information on plough
trailing, sword dances, and customs from western Notts., similar to those found
in Derbys. & Yorks., such as Christmas Mummers, sword dances and Morris dances.
In a brief mention of Hobby Horses, he notes the Christmas play of the "Poor Owd
'Oss" from Mansfield in the A.S.Buxton Collection, and other occurrences at
Cuckney and Elkesley. He already had information on Plough Monday plays from
the Notts. villages of; Blidworth, Mansfield, East Bridgford, Bothamsall,
Cropwell, Clayworth, Flintham, Selston, Walesby, Whatton, Worksop, Norwell,
Averham, Tollerton, and North Leverton.
Appended is the final song of a play from Blidworth, Notts., collected in 1925
by E.F.H.D. This was in fact first published in 1948 (E.F.H.D., 1948).
M.W.Barley Collection (1951, M.Whitworth)
Mr. M. Whitworth (Inf.)
PLOUGH MONDAY PLAY FROM WALESBY
Col. Jan.1951, Ref.Ba P 1/36
Full text (141 lines) of a Plough Monday play from Walesby, Notts. The
characters are; Tom Fool/Tommy, Recruiting Sergeant, Lady Bright and Gay, King
George, Policeman, Doctor and Esam Squesam.
Miss Griffiths (Auth.)
A Changing Village - Walesby in the Twentieth Century [Plough Monday Play]
Jul.1952, Vol.14, No.1, pp.22-24
"(Material contributed by the Adult Class in the Village, taken by the writer)"
p.23 - "On Plough Monday evening the farm men dressed
up and went to people's houses to give the traditional
Plough Monday play. They were afterwards
entertained to a supper of barm loaf and cheese,
mincepies and beer."
M.W.Barley Collection (1952, P.M.Underwood - a)
P. M. Underwood (Comp.)
THE PLOUGH MONDAY PLAY: Bulcote, 1952-3.
Dated Nov.1952, Ref.Ba P 1/13
Full text (163 lines) of a Plough Monday play revived in Bulcote, Notts., in
1952 and 1953. The cover has been annotated "Made up in 1952 from various other
plays, mainly Scarle and Walesby." The characters are; Tom Fool/Bold Tom,
Farmer's Man, Lady, Recruiting Sergeant, Dame Jane, Beelzebub/Devil and
Doctor. Optional extra characters were another Farmer's Man [equivalent to
Ribboner in other plays], and Hobby Horses to draw the plough.
I.T.Jones Collection (1981, Maskill)
Mrs. Maskill (Inf.)
Walesby, Notts: Questionnaire from Mrs Maskill, Kneesall 29/1/81
Com. 29th Jan.1981, Ref.K19-1
Questionnaire dated 29/1/81 from Mrs M.A.Maskill, Kneesall giving the
address of her brother Mr T.Stanley in Walesby who could have further
I.T.Jones Collection (1981, Stanley - a)
Mr. Stanley (Inf.)
Walesby, Notts: Letter to Mr Stanley, Walesby 6/2/81
Com. 6th Feb.1981, Ref.K19-2
Transcript of letter to Mr Stanley, dated 6/2/81, asking for information.
I.T.Jones Collection (1981, Stanley - b)
Mr. Stanley (Inf.)
Walesby, Notts: Letter from Mr Stanley 02/81
Com. Feb.1981, Ref.K19-3
Letter from Mr T.Stanley, Walesby, received in Feb 1981, saying that he
remembers seeing plough bullockers performing a play on Plough Monday
after the first world war. He has written his life story which includes
details of the play but does not want to pass it on until it has been
published. It is not clear if he lived in Walesby when he saw the play.
I.T.Jones Collection (1981, Stanley - c)
Mr. Stanley (Inf.)
Walesby, Notts: Letter to Mr Stanley 4/3/81
Com. 4th Mar.1981, Ref.K19-4
Transcript of letter thanking Mr Stanley for his letter and asking him
to let me know when his book gets into print.