Folk Play Links - Durham, England

Compiled by C. Little



Groups listed may be folk club, morris dance or amateur drama groups, as well as traditional performers. Publications listed may be cited, extracted or summarised publications, as well as full text.


Groups

001 * Carols at the Cross [at Ryton] [Annual mummers play by Ridley Mummers]
002 * Darlington Mummers [photos; programme]

Libraries & Archives

003 * Beamish Museum : Audio History Collection [Audio of Reece Elliott - Guisers at Birtley]
004 * Beamish Museum : Audio History Collection [Audio of the Elliott family - Guisers at Birtley]

Publications

005 * A Glossary of Provincial Words Used in Teesdale in the County of Durham [by [Frederick Trotter Dinsdale], 1849, pp.(57 - entry for 'Guisers' - with Mell suppers;) 129-130 - entry for 'Sword Dancers' - Staindrop fragment? (- citation of Clarkson, [New edition], p.290)]
006 * A History of Thrislington, Cornforth and West Cornforth [by Robin Walton, 1991, p.15 - Cornforth fragment]
007 * A List of Words and Phrases in Every-Day Use by the Natives of Hetton-le-Hole in the County of Durham [ed. by Rev F.M.T. Palgrave [Curate of Hetton], 1896, pp.22-23 - entry for 'Guising' - text]
008 * Ancient Poems Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England [Revised and enlarged edition only] [ed. by Robert Bell, 1857, pp.175-180 - 'The Sword-Dancers' Song and Interlude' - text - also informed by a countryman [Anon]]
009 * Christmas in Teesdale [in Teesdale Mercury, No.1582, 31st Dec. 1884, p.5b - "sword dancers" at Barnard Castle, Teesdale - certainly a novelty]
010 * Christmas Lore" [in Teesdale Mercury, No.3894, 4th Dec. 1929, p.16a - Title of 29th Nov. 1929 talk by Miss [Helen Mary] Hyslop [daughter of Master of London Lead Company School] to Barnard Castle Wesley Guild - mummers at [Middleton-in-Teesdale ?]]
011 * FW-3565 - The Elliot[t?]s of Birtley : A Musical Portrait of a Durham Mining Family [CD for sale: Track 2]
012 * Legends & Superstitions of the County of Durham [by William Brockie, 1886, pp.191-192 - 'The Sword-Dancers' - [Sunderland ?] fragment]
013 * Letters to the Editor : "Plough Monday" [by [Rev] William G.[A.] Griffith, in The Spectator, 4th Jan. 1930, pp.21-22 - text - informed by a woman [Anon]; (in the villages north of York, fifty years ago - informed by his father [Rev William Haig Griffith][son of Rector of Flaxton])]
014 * Memorials of Old Durham [ed. by Henry R. Leighton, 1910, pp.(58;) 59 - 'Folk-Lore of the County of Durham', by Mrs Newton W. Apperley - ("guisers" with mell supper;) "guisers"]
015 * North-Country Sketches : Notes, Essays and Reviews [by George Neasham, 1893, pp.230, 258 - 'Festivals' - as Newcastle Daily Chronicle or Newcastle Daily Journal - (sword dancers at [Carrville];) [Carrville] "guisers" fragment - both in our juvenile days]
016 * Northern Minstrels and Folk Drama [citation of Madeleine Hope Dodds, in Archaeologia Aeliana, Ser.4 Vol.I, 1925, pp.121-146 - mummers at Shotley Bridge]
017 * Northumberland Pipe and Ballad Music : The Sword Dancers' Song [by [Anon][John Stokoe], in Newcastle Courant, No.10695, 26th [sic] Dec. 1879, p.7c - Subscription required for Gale: 19th Century British Library Newspapers]
018 * Notes on the Folk Lore of the North of England [by W. H. [William Henderson], in Monthly Packet of Evening Readings for Younger Members of the English Church, Ser.1 Vol.XXIII Pt.CXXXIV, Feb. 1862, pp 131-132 - at Durham, 1860]
019 * Notes on the Folk Lore of the Northern Counties of England and the Borders [by William Henderson, 1866, pp.50-53 - Houghton-le-Spring fragment; (54 - Christmas horse in Forest of Dean)]
020 * Notes on the Sword-Dancers' Song and Interlude [by John Stokoe, in Monthly Chronicle of North-Country Lore and Legend, Vol.I No.10, Dec. 1887, pp.462-465 [- as Northumberland Pipe and Ballad Music : The Sword Dancers' Song, by [Anon][John Stokoe], in Newcastle Courant, No.10695, 26th [sic] Dec. 1879, p.7c]]
021 * Notes on the Sword-Dancers' Song and Interlude [by John Stokoe, in Monthly Chronicle of North-Country Lore and Legend, Vol.I No.10, Dec. 1887, pp.462-465 [- as Northumberland Pipe and Ballad Music : The Sword Dancers' Song, by [Anon][John Stokoe], in Newcastle Courant, No.10695, 26th [sic] Dec. 1879, p.7c]; (Earsdon seen at Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, for above thirty years;) illustration is copy of 'The Sword Dancers [at Tanfield Hall, Tanfield]', painting by Ralph Hedley]
022 * Seasonable Reminiscence [by Kenneth Raine, in Teesdale Mercury, No.4783, 18th Dec. 1946, p.3bc - guisers at [Middleton-in-Teesdale ?], [1892 ?]; [unlocated] text; citation of Yorkshire Notes and Queries]
023 * Selection of the most popular Melodies of the Tyne and the Wear [extract from Robert Topliff, [ca. 1815], p.37 - 'The Sword Dancers' tune]
024 * Selection of the most popular Melodies of the Tyne and the Wear [extract from Robert Topliff, [ca. 1815], p.42 - 'The Sword Dancers' words]
025 * Sword Dancing in Teesdale [by G.A. Thompson, in Teesdale Mercury, No.2958, 28th Feb. 1912, p.5e - request about it, 40 or 50 years ago]
026 * The Bishoprick Garland, [by [Sir Cuthbert Sharp], 1834, pp.58-62 - text; 85 - extract from Topliff]
027 * The Folk Play in the North-East [extract from Tom Chambers, in Folk Voice North East, Vol.1 No.2, [ca. 1968] - Westerton text - Archived]
028 * The History and Antiquities of the Parish of Darlington, in the Bishoprick [by W.Hylton Dyer Longstaffe, 1854, p.338 - sword-dancers at Hurworth-on-Tees]
029 * The History of the Urban District of Spennymoor [by James J. Dodd, 1897, pp.117-121 - "Guisers" text]
030 * The Household Books of Naworth Castle [by the late James Clephan [Editor of Gateshead Observer], in Monthly Chronicle of North-Country Lore and Legend, Vol.IV No.40, Jun. 1890, p.259 - "It could cure more diseases than the doctor of the sword dancers." [- see also Thomas Fairman Ordish Collection]]
031 * The Pitmen of the North [by George Augustus Sala, in Temple Bar, Vol.IV, Mar. 1862, p.458 - "Sword Dancers"]
032 * Vanishing Customs [in Teesdale Mercury, No.2390, 2nd Jan. 1901, p.4f - "Sword-dancers at Christmastide are now a diminishing quantity in Teesdale,"]
033 * We are six dancers bold..." : A History of the Greatham Sword Dance [internet version without photos] [by Brian Pearce, 2001]

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