Coal Aston festivals
|Vicinity||1.5 km NNE of Dronfield|
|Events||Robin Hood's men in green coats; morris dancers|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-10-18.
Morris dancers, who generally came from Whittington, used to dance and sing on 'the Cross' at Cold-Aston thirty or forty years ago. They were a very numerous body, and were gaily dressed in many-coloured clothes.
I have seen 'Robin Hood's men' dressed in green coats.
Addy was about forty years old in 1888 when his Glossary containing this passage was published, so he cannot very well have had first-hand memories of morris troupes performing forty years earlier. In his entry on "morris-dance", Addy notes that "Fifty years ago and later Morris-dancers used to assemble in great numbers on 'The Cross' at Cold-Aston."
Lists and gazetteers
- Outside scope of Lancashire, Ian, compil. Dramatic Texts and Records of Britain: a Chronological Topography to 1558 (Cambridge, 1984).
- Outside scope of Wiles, David. The Early Plays of Robin Hood (Cambridge, 1981), Appendix I.
- Addy, Sidney Oldall, ed. A Glossary of Words Used in the Neighbourhood of Sheffield (English Dialect Society, Series C — Original Glossaries, No. 57) (1888), p. xix; and see p. 151, s.n. 'morris-dance'.
- Addy, Sidney Oldall, ed. A Glossary of Words Used in the Neighbourhood of Sheffield (English Dialect Society, Series C — Original Glossaries, No. 57) (1888), p. xix.
- Addy. op. cit., p. 151, s.n. "morris dancers". Addy's italics.