Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

A.S.Buxton (1922/23)

Mr. A. S. Buxton (Auth.)
Reprints of Papers of the Old Mansfield Society, Winter Session 1922-1923, pp.3-4

This is a short paper read to introduce a revived performance of a Plough Bullocks' Plough Monday play from Mansfield, Notts., arranged by Councillor Beazley. The original custom had died out about 1890, and the characters St. George, Slasher, Beelzebub and Doctor are mentioned. A brief history of Plough Monday, Plough Lights, plough trailing and plays is given alluding to Mansfield, and stylistic parallels are drawn between mediaeval mystery plays and modern folk plays. Comparing the Mansfield text with one from Selston, Notts. (collected by Miss Manners), and an unidentified Cornish version, the author notes their overall similarity. Only fragments of text are quoted.

Index Terms:
Locations: Mansfield, Notts. (SK5361); Selston, Notts. (SK4553); Cornwall
Years: Ceased about 1890; Rev. 1922/1923; Publ. 1922/1923
Subjects: Plough Bullocks; Plough Monday; Play; St. George; Slasher; Beelzebub; Doctor; Plough Lights; Plough Trailing; Mystery Plays
People: Councillor Beazley (Producer); Miss Manners (Col.); Albert Sorby Buxton (Auth.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00022

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Nov.1987

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