Walesby (SK6870), Nottinghamshire

M.W.Barley (1951)

M. W. Barley (Auth.); E. F. H. D. (Col.)
Plough Plays in Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Countryside, 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.)
M.W.Barley Collection, 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.

Griffiths (1952)

Miss Griffiths (Auth.)
A Changing Village - Walesby in the Twentieth Century [Plough Monday Play]
Nottinghamshire Countryside, 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.
M.W.Barley Collection, 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
I.T.Jones Collection, 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 information.

I.T.Jones Collection (1981, Stanley - a)

Mr. Stanley (Inf.)
Walesby, Notts: Letter to Mr Stanley, Walesby 6/2/81
I.T.Jones Collection, 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
I.T.Jones Collection, 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
I.T.Jones Collection, 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.