Whatton (SK7439), Nottinghamshire
M.W.Barley Collection (1949, Greasley)
Misses Greasley (Inf.)
Whatton Plough Jag Play
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 (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).
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