image for Historical Event item typeThe Plough Stots at Goathland

    Historical Event, Sat 17 Jan 2015


    Nr Whitby,
    North Yorkshire,
    YO22 5LY

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    Sat 17 Jan The Plough Stots


    A traditional 'Day of the Dance' which takes place every year on the Saturday following Plough Sunday which is always the first Sunday after epiphany.

    The day starts at 9.00am with a parade through the village and the dancing starts at 10.00am outside most of the houses in the village and end up at Beckhole about 4.30pm This is followed by the "Rosh" (a roast beef dinner) at the Inn on the Moor at 7pm

    The Goathland Plough Stots is one of Yorkshire's traditional long sword teams, if not the oldest, still dancing their own dance as performed as far back as the early 19th century.

    The Plough Stots were revived by Frank. W. Dowson in 1922 with the help of his good friend Cecil Sharp after a lapse of 40yrs. 2yrs after their search for manuscripts the Plough Stots danced their 1st outing in Jan 1923

    The Plough Stots dance 5 dances each with an accompanying tune. These 5 dances require a team of 6 sword dancers, however there is a 6th dance which uses a further 2 dancers (No Mans Jig).
    Each of the dances results in the dancers forming a "lock".
    The gentleman, old Isaac, the fool and the musicians accompany the dancers. This also began in Pagan times when the young men were pulling the plough and a play came into being. In time a "Gentleman" and "Lady" appeared at the head of the company with collectors ("Toms") and old couple "Isaac" and "Betty" (T'awd man" and "T'awd Woman") brought up the rear.

    Coach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxPublic toiletsAccepts groups

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    Dates Times
    Sat 17 Jan 2015 09:00 to 16:30


    See location of Goathland on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: NZ 834013  Lat: 54.40035 Long: -0.71682

    By Road:
    Heading out of Whitby on the A169 signed for Pickering. Follow signs to Goathland.

    By Public Transport:
    840 Yorkshire Coastliner bus between Whitby and York calls in at villahge of Goathland. Also the North York Moors Steam Railway between Grosmont and Pickering runs a limited service to Goathland.

    Parking: free

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 9 miles from Whitby station


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • PostboxPostbox
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
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