Whatton (SK7439), Nottinghamshire

M.W.Barley Collection (1949, Greasley)

Misses Greasley (Inf.)
Whatton Plough Jag Play
M.W.Barley Collection, Col. 1949, Ref.Ba P 1/38

Fragments of a play text (22 lines) from Whatton, Notts., with the characters; [Introducer], Farmer's Man, Ease-en Squeeze-em and Doctor.

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).

Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection (1960, M.E.Greasley)

Miss Mildred E. Greasley (Auth.)
Memories of a Villager [Plough Monday play at Whatton, Notts.]
Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection, Written 29th Mar.1960, Ref.DD/121/1/67, 5pp.

Entry to an essay competition on old village life at Whatton, Notts. On page 2 it states;

"The Pancake Bell rung at eleven O'clock on Shrove Tuesday was discontinued during World War I."

"An old mummers play was acted in the houses on Plough Monday. This has died out."