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King George Play from Kirkby Woodhouse, Notts. - 1887

M.W.Barley Collection (1957, J.B.Skelton)


Kirkby Woodhouse
Time of Occurrence: 
Plough Bullocking night
Collective name: 
Plough Bullocking


Plough Bullocking night, second Monday in Jan.
1st May 1957, Ref. Ba P 1/24


1st boy {Introducer}
2nd boy / King George
3rd boy
4th boy / Doctor.
5th boy / Rake
6th boy / Neddy Gent
7th boy / Belzebub


1st boy

I open the door, I enter in,
I beg your pardon to begin,
Wether I rise, or whether I fall,
I'll do my duty to please you all.

2nd boy

In comes I, King George,
No man can fight me

{waving his sword}

3rd boy

In comes I, I can fight you, {waving his sword}

{And with mock swords, they fight each other, and the 3rd boy falls wounded.}

4th boy

In comes I the Doctor.
I can cure Ipsy, Pipsey, Palsy, and Gout,
Pains within, and pains without,

{The Doctor brings out of his pocket an empty medicine bottle, and pretends to pour medicine down his throat. In a moment the patient rises being cured.}

5th boy

In comes I, a rake, as long as a snake,
If you don't give me money, I cannot buy cake.

6th boy

In comes I, Neddy Gent,
If you don't give me money
I can't pay my rent.

7th boy

In comes I old Belzebub,
Under my arm I carry my tub,
In my hand a frying pan,
Don't you think I'm a jolly good man.


{Carrying a collecting box, and rattling its contents we sang together :-}

If you haven't got a penny, a hap'eny will do,
If you haven't got a hap'eny, "God bless you".


Each boy dressed to fit the occasion.

There may have been one, or two, more characters, but you will excuse me, if after 70 or more years, I have forgotten them.