Folk Play Links - Northamptonshire, 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 * Brackley Morris Men [photos; audio; programme; extract from Hamer, in JEFDSS, Vol.7 No.4, 1955 - at Hinton-in-the-Hedges]
002 * Eydon Mummers (/ Royal Oak Morris) [perform Eydon text; photos; script]
003 * Moulton Morris Men [perform Moulton text; photos; video; programme]
004 * Moulton Morris Men [unofficial] [perform Moulton text; photos; script - Archived]

Libraries & Archives

005 * RootsWeb : H. Aldridge of Brackley [Genealogical query from Keith Chandler about H. Aldridge - informant for James Madison Carpenter Collection]
006 * RootsWeb : The James family of Syresham [Genealogical query from Keith Chandler about Charles James & James Charles James - informants for James Madison Carpenter Collection]

Publications

007 * An Old-World Village and its Christmas Folk Lore [by V.T. Sternberg [Librarian of Sion College], in Notes and Queries, [1st Ser.] Vol.X No.269, 23rd Dec. 1854, pp.501-503 - Literary Work? - but see below]
008 * Crowfield Village [summary of Syresham : A Forest Village and its Chapel, by Philip Pettit, 1996, pp.177, 292 - Mummers superseded by carol singers because of Methodism, 1880s]
009 * First-Line Index to the Published and Unpublished Poetry of John Clare [index to Poems of the Middle Period, eds. by Robinson et al., Vol.II 1996, p.253 - as Peterborough Museum Collection - Helpston fragment - "Here comes I that never came before"]
010 * First-Line Index to the Published and Unpublished Poetry of John Clare [index to The Poems of John Clare, ed. by J.W. Tibble, Vol.II 1935, p.368 - as Peterborough Museum Collection - 'Morris Dancers' - "Deckt out in ribbons gay & papers cut"]
011 * Glossary of Northamptonshire Words and Phrases, [by Anne Elizabeth Baker [sister of George Baker], 1854, Vol.II pp.41 - entry for 'Mummers' - citation of Brockett, Hunter, Carr, Halliwell; (123-124 - entry for 'Plough Monday, or Plough-Witch Monday'; 124 - entry for 'Plough Witches', 'Plough Witching';) 429-432 - 'Appendix : Mumming' - at Brackley; Thenford Hall [Thenford House], Thenford text, some years since]
012 * helmdon.com [History Articles - 'Reminiscences of Noreen White' - as My Reminiscences - Noreen White, in Aspects of Helmdon, No.6, 2008, p.281 - Mummers]
013 * In Comes I Again : Eydon Mummers Revisited [citation of Kevin Lodge, in Big Marjorie and the Rector's Bull / Reports from the Eydon Historical Research Group, Vol.4, Aug. 2008, pp.21-28]
014 * Jenkyn, Little John, &c [by John T. Page, in Notes and Queries, 10th Ser. Vol.V No.113, 24th Feb. 1906, pp.155-156 - citation of Glossary of Northamptonshire Words and Phrases,, by Anne Elizabeth Baker, 1854, Vol.II pp.41; 429-432]
015 * John Clare and The Folk Tradition [Book for sale: by George Deacon, 2002 - Helpston fragment]
016 * Mummers [index to Hilderic Friend [Wesleyan Methodist Minister], in Western Antiquary, Vol.3 No.10, Jan. 1884, p.192 - after revision and correction, as Weekly Mercury - at Brackley]
017 * Old Peterborough Customs and their Survival : [First Series] [by Charles Dack, in Journal of the British Archaeological Association, New Ser. Vol.V, 1899, pp.(323-324 - Plough-Monday - Plough Witches and Mumpers - sang ['Old Gray Goose'];) 336-337 - Christmas - adjacent villages Morrice Dancers fragment]
018 * Parish Notes : Children's Hour Broadcast [in Tichmarsh [sic] Parish Magazine, May 1955 - citation of BBC Radio, 23rd Apr. 1955 - Ringstead performance]
019 * Potterspury : The Story of a Village and its People [extract from Potterspury Village Appraisal Group, 2001, p.93 - 'Memories of a Villager - from the early 20th Century', by Hilda Faux - "Mummers" - from Northamptonshire Record Office ]
020 * Scrapbook Memories [in Collingtree News, Dec. 2012, p.1 - 'The Christmas Mummers' - citation of Collingtree Women's Institute Scrapbook - text - seen at Courteenhall House, Courteenhall too - from Northamptonshire Record Office ]
021 * Strange Meeting : Or how Eydon's Mummers Play was Preserved [citation of Kevin Lodge, in Landscapes and Laundry / Reports from the Eydon Historical Research Group, Vol.3, Jun. 2002, pp.18-38 - text from James Madison Carpenter Collection]
022 * Sulgrave : The Chronicles of a Country Parish [by Sulgrave Village Appraisal Group, 1995, chap.3 - fragment]
023 * The Dialect and Folk-Lore of Northamptonshire [by Thomas Sternberg, 1851, pp.72 - entry for 'Mummers'; (123-124 - entry for 'Witch-Men'; citation of Forby; extract from Northampton Herald, 15th Jan. 1848 - "plough-boys" at [unlocated];) 184 - [unlocated] fragment]
024 * The Duke of Cumberland and the Mummers [by Kevin Lodge, in Cake and Cockhorse, Vol.17 No.1, Autumn/Winter 2006, pp.2-11 - character of Prince Rupert of the Rhine?; citations of In comes I, the Duke of Cumberland, by Kevin Lodge; in Traditional Drama Forum, No.10, Apr. 2004; Folklore of Northamptonshire, by Hill, 2005; Photo of Eydon Mummer, n.d.]
025 * The Shepherd's Calendar; [by John Clare, 1827, pp.95 - 'December' - "Morris-dance"; (156-157 - 'The Rivals; A Pastoral' - "Plough-witch-Monday")]
026 * Weather and Folk Lore of Peterborough and District : (Second Series) [by Charles Dack, 1911, pp.(8 - 'January' - at Peterborough, this year; Plough witches at Northampton, 1910;) 18 - 'December : St. Andrew's Day' - citation of Old Peterborough Customs and their Survival : [First Series], by Charles Dack, in Journal of the British Archaeological Association, New Ser. Vol.V, 1899, pp.336-337]

[General]

027 * Mumming [by Moulton Morris Men, Title of ? talk to Sulgrave History Society]
028 * St. Michael's Young Peoples Drama Group [in Bugbrooke Link, No.38, Oct. 1989, p.19 - performance]
029 * The Sulgrave Mummers Play [by Marion Jones, Title of 3rd Dec. 1992 talk to Sulgrave History Society]

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