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A.S.Buxton Collection

Albert Sorby Buxton (Col.)
*[Nottinghamshire Plough Monday and Christmas Plays]
Local Studies Section, Mansfield Library, West Gate, Mansfield, Notts.

This collection comprises two small manuscript notebooks, an envelope containing loose manuscripts and typescripts, and a binder containing typed transcripts of the manuscript texts. These include scripts from: Edingley, Worksop, East Drayton, Mansfield, Blidworth, Selston, Cuckney, Carlton-in-Lindrick, Laxton, and Warsop, Notts. There is also an account of a Notts., Harvest Home.

The notebooks also contain newspaper clippings and transcripts. These include: H.Armitage (1913), J.E.L. [James Fleming Leishman] (1902), G.Richardson (1925), Old Mansfield Society (1922), and an unidentified cutting entitled "The Derby Ram".

Albert Sorby Buxton (1867-1932) was the principal of Mansfield Art College and was an active local historian from about 1900 onwards. His interest in Plough Monday plays seems to have occurred in the early 1920s, when he presented a paper on Mansfield's Plough Monday play to the Old Mansfield Society (A.S.Buxton, 1922/23). From evidence in other collections, it is clear that some items were provided by or via contemporary local historians Reginald Felix Wilkinson and Everard Leaver Guilford. Many of the loose manuscripts were added after Buxton's death, from 1949 onwards.

Index Terms:
Locations: Edingley, Notts. (SK6655); Worksop, Notts. (SK5879); East Drayton, Notts. (SK7775); Mansfield, Notts. (SK5361); Blidworth, Notts. (SK5855); Selston, Notts. (SK4553); Cuckney, Notts. (SK5671); Carlton, Notts. (SK5984); Laxton, Notts. (SK7266); Warsop, Notts. (SK5667)
Years: Col. 1920s
Subjects: Plough Monday; Christmas; Plough Boys; "Poor Owd Oss"; "The Owd Tup"; "The Owd 'Oss"; Plays; Armitage,H. (1913); Leishman,J.E.(1902); Richardson,G. (1925); Old Mansfield Society (1922); "The Derby Ram"
People: Reginald Felix Wilkinson (Col.); Everard Leaver Guilford (Col.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00750

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Mar.2005

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