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Nottinghamshire Archives Collection (1960, C.A.Hind)

Miss C. A. Hind (Perf.)
RUDDINGTON: Reminiscences of Village Life [Plough Monday]
Nottinghamshire Archives Collection, Written 1st Mar.1960, Ref.DD121/1/53, 3pp.

Entry to an essay competition on old village life at Ruddington, Notts. Pages 2-3 include the following;

"Plough Bullock night was our name for twelfth night another highlight of our childhood. We blacked our faces with soot - (I can still feel the sting of it as I write) dressed in a variety of clothes, scooped out a mangel or turnip, cut out a weird face, placing a lighted candle inside, and went our way to sing to people we knew. Two songs were the extent of our repertoire. The first being;

Plough Bullock night,
The stars are bright,
Two little angels dressed in white,
Can you eat a biscuit,
Can you smoke a pipe,
Can you go a courting at 10/oclock at night.

To be followed by

A hole in my stocking,
A hole in my shoe,
Please can you spare me a copper or two
If you haven't a penny a ha'penny will do.
If you haven't a ha'penny, God bless you.

Then a loud knock on the door, and a little hand eagerly outstretched for the expected reward."

Index Terms:
Locations: Ruddington, Notts. (SK5832)
Years: Col. 1960
Subjects: Essay; Plough Bullock Night; Twelfth Night; House Visiting; Text Fragments; Songs
People: Nottinghamshire Local History Council (Col.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00422

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Mar.1992

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