The Later Bassingham Plough Play: Con-Textualizing a New Text

Thomas Pettitt, Peter Meredith

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The ploughboys' play from the Lincolnshire village of Bassingham has long been accessible in two distinct versions: an earlier version, recorded in 'Men's Play' and 'Children's Play' variants, in a British Library manuscript of 1823 and published by Charles Read Baskervill in 1924; a later version, first published by Ethel Rudkin in 1952 on the basis of a manuscript now in the North Lincolnshire Museum. A second variant of the later version became available with the online publication of the James Madison Carpenter Collection in early 2018, and almost concurrently a third variant, in a document previously belonging to the late Geoffrey Axworthy, was made available to the authors. Uniquely, the Axworthy text is accompanied by marginal sketches illustrating the characters, one of which demonstrates that this text, like the other two, was originally obtained from Dr Osborne Johnson of Bassingham. This paper provides a transcript of the Axworthy text collated with the Rudkin and Carpenter texts, prefaced by a review of their respective manuscript sources.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFolk Music Journal
Volume11
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)44-75
ISSN0531-9684
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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The Later Bassingham Plough Play : Con-Textualizing a New Text. / Pettitt, Thomas; Meredith, Peter.

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