The Lost Playing Places of Lincolnshire


James Stokes


Research which I conducted for the Lincolnshire volume in the REED (Records of Early English Dama) series has revealed the existence of numerous previously unnoticed playing places in the county, which I have classified as either dedicated or non-dedicated, and have defined. Performances documented at those venues include hastiludi, processions, large, fixed-site plays, religious drama and ceremony, and customary forms (drama, game, sport, civic enactments) of many kinds. The article describes every known playing place, both indoor and outdoor, in the early county, and identifies the particular kind of performance with which each is associated. The article illustrates “the fundamental and enduring relationship between performance and the county’s several topographies—cultural, geographic, religious, political, and aesthetic.”

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