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'Plough Bullocks' and Related Plough Monday Customs in the Nottingham Area, 1800-1930

Millington, Peter (2005) 'Plough Bullocks' and Related Plough Monday Customs in the Nottingham Area, 1800-1930. Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, 109. pp. 127-137. ISSN 0309-9210


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This paper describes Plough Monday activities in the city of Nottingham, which died out in the inter-war years, and chronicles the establishment of its Plough Day Fair in 1712. Elsewhere in Nottinghamshire, house visits by folk play performers were an important feature of Plough Monday. However, it is concluded that these were not part of the 'Plough Bullocks' tradition in Nottingham city. Nottingham's Plough Monday activities provoked conflicts between certain sections of local society, which led to active suppression during the 19th century. These non-play conflicts contrast with the folk play customs, which were more socially acceptable.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Nottingham, Plough Monday, Plough Bullocks, Plough Day Fair, Epiphany Fair, Suppression, Calendar Customs, Traditions, Folklore, Social History
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics (Sheffield) > Department of English Literature (Sheffield) > National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > University of Sheffield Research Centres and Institutes > National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Peter Millington
Date Deposited: 17 May 2006
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 19:14
Status: Published
Publisher: Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1204

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