Welbeck Abbey (SK5674), Nottinghamshire

I.T.Jones Collection (1981, B.Stockdale - a)

Mr. Bernard Stockdale (Inf.)
Cuckney, Notts: Notes on visit to Mr Bernard Stockdale 13/4/81
I.T.Jones Collection, Col. 13th Apr.1981, Ref.K6-6

Notes on a visit to Mr. Bernard Stockdale, age 85 at Nether Langwith, Mansfield. The script received from Miss Simpson, had been passed on by his sister and had been written down about 2 years previously, before his recent stroke. He could still quote large portions of the text in line with what had been written down. The mummers' play had been performed by boys from 11 to 13 years old. They had a group of five including himself and Sid Ashmore. They used to perform in the lodges round the Welbeck estate, in various houses, the pub and various quarters in the abbey. An older side in Cuckney used to go out doing the Owd 'Oss.

I.T.Jones Collection (1981, S.Ashmore - c)

Mr. Sid Ashmore (Inf.)
Cuckney, Notts: Notes on visit to Mr Sid Ashmore 13/4/81
I.T.Jones Collection, Col. 13th Apr.1981, Ref.K6-7

Notes on visit to Mr. Sid Ashmore, 3, Ten Row, Cuckney who had written to me after seeing the article in the Mansfield CHAD. He was about 13 when he performed in the mummers play. The notes say that he was aged 74 at the time of the visit making him 11 years younger than Bernard Stockdale, which seems wrong. He was Doctor and other parts were played by his brother Percy, Bernard Stockdale and a couple of others who are now dead. They had been taught the play by his father who was then aged 50. They used to go round houses and into pubs in the week before Christmas and also into the kitchen wings of Welbeck Abbey. He could now only remember a few lines. The Owd 'Oss was done by much older married men. He recalled about 3 lines of dialogue.