Folk Play Links - Oxfordshire, 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 * A Winter's Play [by William Masterson [sic], in Parish Paper, Jan. 2008 - about Oxford University Morris Men]
002 * Abingdon Mummers / Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers [perform Sunningwell text; programme]
003 * Adderbury Mummers / Adderbury Morris Men [perform Derbyshire text; photos; programme; scripts]
004 * Bampton Parish Council [Programme of Bampton Mummers]
005 * BBC Oxford - Mummer's the word for Christmas drama
006 * Blewbury Bulletin [Programme of Blewbury Mummers]
007 * Charlbury.info [Photos of Finstock Mummers]
008 * Cropredy Mummers [photos; cast list; programme]
009 * Finstock Mummers 20th Anniversary [in Finstock News, 41, Dec./Jan. 2006/2007 - and photo]
010 * FTX-383 - Early Days : William Kimber Talking [CD for sale: Track 25 - Audio about Headington Quarry Mummers, 1951]
011 * Headington Quarry Morris Dancers [photos; programme]
012 * Homer Sykes Collection [Photo of Blewbury Mummers]
013 * King Stone Mummers / King Stone Rapper [photos; programme; videos]
014 * Kirtlington Morris [perform Kirtlington text - compiled from both R. Brett & G. King.]
015 * Once a Year [extract from Homer Sykes, 1977, pp.150-152 - Photos of Bampton Mummers and Mummer]
016 * Oxford City Morris Men [programme]
017 * Oxford University Morris Men [perform Holton text; programme]
018 * Towersey Morris [photo; programme; video]
019 * Uffington Mummers / Icknield Way Morris Men [perform Uffington text; photos; cast]
020 * Wantage Mummers / Icknield Way Morris Men [perform Steventon text; photos; programme; speeches for sale]

Libraries & Archives

021 * British Movietone [Video of Thames [sic] Mummers, 1932 - Story No.02176]
022 * Happy Families [citation of Lord Dunboyne [28th Baron] and John Butler, in Journal of the Butler Society, Vol.4 No.1, 1997 - Genealogical query about James [Jim] Butler of Kidlington - informant for James Madison Carpenter Collection]
023 * Holton Park Archive [Wheatley Park, Holton] [extract from Lieut Col Arthur Annesley Tyndale-Biscoe Collection - two photos, circa 1895 [- brother of Rev George William Tyndale Tyndale-Biscoe][- see also Wootton : The Anatomy of an Oxfordshire Village 1945-1968, by Col Sir Charles Ponsonby, 1968, pp.69-73 - 'Appendix III' - Holton text - informed by A. T.-B.]]
024 * Wiltshire Record Office [Ref. 2598/36] [Alfred Williams Collection - Aston / Bampton / Chimney text - citation of The Oxford Times]

Publications

025 * A History of Horton cum Studley [by Tim Hallchurch, 2003 - extract from Otmoor and its Seven Towns, by M.G. Hobson & K.L.H. Price, n.d., p.43 - 'Horton-cum-Studley']
026 * A History of the County of Oxford. Vol.05 [ed. by Mary D. Lobel, 1957, p.067 - 'Beckley', by B.P. Wolffe - citation of H.W. Cannon MS]
027 * A History of the County of Oxford. Vol.05 [ed. by Mary D. Lobel, 1957, p.190 - 'Iffley', by J. Catherine Cole [- see also Bygone Days at Iffley, by Edward Cordrey [also for Village History Scrapbook], 1956, p.54 - fragment]]
028 * A History of the County of Oxford. Vol.05 [ed. by Mary D. Lobel, 1957, p.169 - 'Holton', by Mary D. Lobel - informed by [Rev] George William Tyndale Tyndale-Biscoe [brother of Lieut Col Arthur Annesley Tyndale-Biscoe]]
029 * A History of the County of Oxford. Vol.05 [ed. by Mary D. Lobel, 1957, p.114 - 'Cuddesdon : Wheatley and Littleworth', by W.O. Hassall et al - citation of local information [- see also Wheatley Records : 956-1956, ed. by W.O. Hassall, 1956, pp.118, 127 - at Wheatley; Holton seen at Wheatley, until 1954]]
030 * A History of the County of Oxford. Vol.05 [ed. by Mary D. Lobel, 1957, p.165 - 'Headington', by Lady de Villiers - citation of Headington Quarry and Shotover, by G.A. Coppock & B.M. Hill [Headington Quarry Women's Institute], 1933, pp.56-58]
031 * A History of the County of Oxford. Vol.06 [ed. by Mary D. Lobel, 1959, p.183 - 'Lower Heyford or Heyford Bridge', by R.F. Walker et al - citation of Percy Manning Collection; The Mummers' Play, by R.J.E. Tiddy, 1923, p.219]
032 * A History of the County of Oxford. Vol.11 [ed. by Alan Crossley, 1983, p.77 - 'Westcott Barton', by Janet Cooper - citation of Woodstock Deanery : The Mummers' Act at Westcot Barton, by C.E. Prior, in Oxfordshire Archaeological Society : Reports for the Year 1904, 1905, pp.33-36 - text]
033 * A History of the County of Oxford. Vol.12 [ed. by Alan Crossley, 1990, p.109 - 'Eynsham', by A. Crossley - citation of From Acre End [Eynsham], by Harris, 1982]
034 * A History of the County of Oxford. Vol.13 [ed. by Alan Crossley, 1996, p.16 - 'Bampton and Weald', by S.C. Townley - citation of History of the Parish and Town of Bampton, [2nd edition], by J.A. Giles, 1848, pp.60, 177-178; local information]
035 * An Old Christmas Custom at Chadlington [citation of Keith Chandler, in Wychwoods History, No.9, 1994, pp.56-60]
036 * Around the Oxford Countryside : Iffley [by S.P.B. Mais, in Oxford Mail, 7th Jan. 1955 [- not as Our Village Today, by Mais, 1956] - informed by Edward Cordrey [who then printed his lecture Bygone Days at Iffley, 1956]]
037 * Bampton Folklore [Book for sale: by John Blair, 2001 - includes Bampton texts]
038 * Bartholomew Callow [by Michael Pickering, in Musical Traditions, No.5 - at Clifton & Deddington]
039 * Carols and Poems from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Time [ed. by A.H. Bullen, 1886, pp.xxi-xxii, 269-270, 268 - village [unlocated] near Witney fragment - informed by a lady [Anon]]
040 * Eight Mummers' Plays [extract from ed. Alex Helm, 1971, pp.29-34 - Chadlington text from Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Collection]
041 * Eynsham Morris [2nd edition only] [by [Mike Heaney], [19??] - Photo of Eynsham Mummers, pre 1914]
042 * Eynsham Morris Dancers between the Wars [by Keith Chandler, in Eynsham Record, No.3, 1986, pp.42-43]
043 * Eynsham's Doctor, 1865-1902 [by Martin J. Harris, in Eynsham Record, No.14, 1997, p.31 - his own top hat was used by the character of The Doctor]
044 * Headington Village and Orlando Jewitt [by W.Henry Jewitt [his nephew], in Antiquary, Vol.XLVI No.?, Feb. 1910, p.53 [- see also Thomas Fairman Ordish Collection [Ref. Section E]]]
045 * History of Souldern [History of the Present Deanery of Bicester, Oxon : Pt.VII : History of Fritwell and Souldern] [comp. by J.C. Blomfield [Dean of Bicester], 1893, pp.43, 29 - 'Old Customs' [- extract from Historical and Descriptive Notices of the Parish of Souldern, by Mr & Mrs J.H. Gough, 1887, p.11]]
046 * History of the Parish and Town of Bampton, [2nd edition] [by Rev J.A. Giles [Curate of Bampton, First Portion], 1848, pp.60, 176-178 - text, 1847 (- incorporates [Southwick ?] fragments)]
047 * History of Witney [by Rev Dr Giles, 1852, p.62]
048 * In the Days of Victoria : Some Memories of Men and Things [by Thomas F. Plowman, 1918, p.88, 3 - at Oxford]
049 * James Madison Carpenter and the Mummers' Play [citation of Steve Roud & Paul Smith, in Folk Music Journal, Vol.7 No.4, 1998, pp.498-513 - Garsington (2), (Ampleforth (2) & Elsham) texts from James Madison Carpenter Collection]
050 * Lark Rise [extract from Flora Thompson, 1939, pp.266-267 - not at Lark Rise [Juniper Hill]]
051 * May Day to Mummers [Book for sale: by Christine Bloxham, 2002 - Stoke Talmage, Islip, Thame & Westcott Barton texts]
052 * Mummering and Niggering in Bloxham [by Y.S. Huntriss, in Cake & Cockhorse, Vol.7 No.7, Autumn 1978, pp.219-224 - fragment]
053 * Mumming in Bampton [citation of Peter Harrop, in Folk Life, Vol.18, 1980]
054 * Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards [by Edward Jones, 1794, p.108 - Oxfordshire text - Subscription required for Gale: Eighteenth Century Collections Online]
055 * My Reminiscenes of Charlbury [by Jesse Clifford [Head Master of Charlbury British School], n.d., p.20 - 'Etceteras' - Mummers, [before 1892]]
056 * Notes on Some Old-Fashioned English Customs: The Mummers; … [by G.A. Rowell, in Folk-Lore Journal, Vol.IV No.2, Jun? 1886, pp.97-101 - at ?; text; fragment]
057 * Obituaries : Jon Drake (1963) [in Linacre News, Iss.24, Autumn 2002, p.15 - Archived]
058 * Observations on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain: [New edition, with further additions [by James Orchard Halliwell] only] [by John Brand, rev. by Sir Henry Ellis, 1849, Vol.I p.466 - at Islip]
059 * Old English Customs Extant at the Present Time [by P.H. Ditchfield [Rector of Barkham], 1896, pp.(9-12 + 310-315 - [at Barkham] & paraphrasing A Glossary of Berkshire Words and Phrases, by Maj B. Lowsley, 1888, pp.17-22;) (12-15 - Stoke Gabriel fragment;) (315-316, viii - at Brightwalton;) 316-320, viii - Islip text from Percy Manning Collection; 320-326 - Bampton text]
060 * Oxfordshire Christmas Miracle Play [by [Rev] Frederick George Lee, in Notes and Queries, 5th Ser. Vol.II No.52, 26th Dec. 1874, pp.503-505 - Thame text, 1853; (at Brill House, Brill, 1808-1814;) at Thame Park, Thame, 1790 - citation of Lupton]
061 * Oxfordshire Mummers [by The Editor [Joseph Jacobs], in Folk-Lore, Vol.V No.1, Mar. 1894, pp.88-89 - extract from Daily Graphic, 4th Jan. 1894 - illustration of mummers at Oxford]
062 * Oxfordshire Village Folklore (1840-1900) [Long Hanborough] [by Angelina Parker, in Folk-Lore, Vol.XXIV No.I, Mar. 1913, pp.86-87, 74 - fragment]
063 * Polynesian Superstitions, abridged from Ellis: with Remarks [by Editor [Luke Howard], in The Yorkshireman, Vol.I No.XI, 15th Dec. 1832, p.174 - "mummers" at [Burford], [between 1780 and 1787]]
064 * Punch's Table-Talk [by [Shirley Brooks], in Punch, Vol.L, 20th Jan. 1866, p.29 - 318 - at [unlocated]]
065 * S. John Baptist College [by William Holden Hutton [son of Rector of Gate Burton], 1898, pp.73-74 - (at [Gate Burton ?] mid-Lincolnshire &) [Burford ?] Oxfordshire]
066 * Some Notes on Bodicote [by J.H. Fearon, in Cake and Cockhorse, Vol.3 No.7, Spring 1967, pp.142-143 - fragment]
067 * Strange Oxford [internet version] [ed. by Morgan, 1987 - Thame texts from James Madison Carpenter Collection + Notes and Queries, 5th Ser. Vol.II No.52, 26th Dec. 1874, pp.503-505 & Photo of Strange Folklore Society, mid 1980s]
068 * Supplement to Glossary of Words used in Oxfordshire [by Mrs [Angelina] Parker [wife of assistant Librarian of the Bodleian Library], 1881, p.74 - entry for 'As' - [Long Hanborough ?] fragment]
069 * The Changing English Village : A history of Bledington, Gloucestershire in its setting 1066-1914 [extract from M.K. Ashby, 1974, pp.305-306 - Idbury fragment ?]
070 * The Changing Faces of Headington : Book 2 [index of Bloxham & Shatford, 1996, pp.101-103 - Headington Quarry Mummers]
071 * The Lower Heyford Folk Play: James Madison Carpenter’s Use of Dialect in his Cylinder Transcriptions [citation of Eddie Cass, in Folk Life, Vol.45, 2007, pp.40-48]
072 * The Mummers Play [by Roger Giles, in Sphere ?- Chadlington text, 1893]
073 * The New Oxfordshire Village Book [extract from comp. Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes, 1990, p.157 - 'Little Milton' - Archived]
074 * The New Oxfordshire Village Book [extract from comp. Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes, 1990, p.26 - 'The Bartons' - Archived]
075 * The Oldest British Folk Play [by Michael J. Preston, in Folklore Forum, Vol.VI No.3, Jul. 1973, pp.168-174 - Islip text from Percy Manning Collection]
076 * The Story of Deddington [by Mary Vane Turner [Deddington Women's Institute], 1933, pp.71-72 - 'Mummers' - (non-play) from Clifton & Deddington fragment]

Publications - Berkshire pre 1974

077 * A Glossary of Berkshire Words and Phrases [by Maj B. Lowsley, 1888, pp.(17-21 - [Hampstead Norreys ?] mid-Berkshire text; 21-22 - Compton fragment;) 22 - at Steventon (& Brightwalton [sic]; 114 - entry for 'Mummers')]
078 * A village remembered : Cumnor 1900-1930 [by Cumnor & District History Society and Parish Record, 2003, pp.15-16 - Henry Webb; 26-28 - Fred Costar - Cumnor seen at Boars Hill, Dean Court & Swinford, circa 1925]
079 * Blewbury : a Hundred Years of Photography [by Roger Cambray, 1979, p.48]
080 * East Hagbourne Times : Portrait of an English Village [comp. by Brenda Clare et al., 1995, pp.18-19 - 'The Hagbourne Mummers Play', by John Stanley - citation of text from James Madison Carpenter Collection via Ron Shuttleworth Collection & Photos of Hagbourne Mummers, mid 1990s]
081 * Folk-Lore in Berkshire [by W. Niven, in Home Counties Magazine, Vol.V, 1903, pp.120-122 - Buckland text; citation of Pall Mall Gazette, 22nd Dec. 1902]
082 * Glimpses of the Past [by Elizabeth Wordsworth [daughter of Vicar of Stanford in the Vale][sister of Rev Christopher Wordsworth], [1912], p.23 - at Stanford in the Vale, 1850s; (citation of Yonge)]
083 * Highways and Byways in Berkshire [by James Edmund Vincent, 1919, pp.163-165 - Drayton fragment]
084 * History of the Parish of East Lockinge, Berks [by W.H. Hallam, 1900, pp.99-101 - text, 1880]
085 * Mummers in North Berks. [citation of Gordon Ridgewell, in The [Morris Ring] Circular, No.30, Autumn 1997, p.9 - as The Times, 24th Dec. 1904, p.6]
086 * Mummers: Waits [by W.J. Bernhard Smith [barrister-at-law friend of Sir George Bowyer][7th and 3rd Baronet], in Notes & Queries, 4th Ser. Vol.VII No.168, 18th Mar. 1871, p.245 - [Sunningwell ? seen] at [Radley] Lodge [x], Radley, 1871]
087 * Notes on Mediaeval Services in England, [by [Rev] Christopher Wordsworth [son of Vicar of Stanford in the Vale][brother of Elizabeth Wordsworth], 1898, p.57 - at Stanford in the Vale, [1850s]]
088 * Rutland Words [coll. by Rev Christopher Wordsworth [son of Vicar of Stanford in the Vale][brother of Elizabeth Wordsworth], 1891, pp.23 - entry for 'Mummers' - at [Stanford in the Vale]; (at [Alvechurch ?]; Edith Weston [sic] seen at Lyndon - informed by [T.K.B. Nevinson] Rector of Lyndon; 27 - entry for 'Plough Monday'; entry for 'Plough-Witchers')]
089 * The Berkshire Book [2nd edition] [extract from Berkshire Federation of Women's Institutes, 1951 - at Abingdon, until 1939]
090 * The British Farmer; or, Sketches of a Country Life [by J. Hazel [Lord of the Manor of Sotwell ?], 1838, p.90 - 'December' - Mummers - Literary Work]
091 * The New Oxfordshire Village Book [extract from comp. Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes, 1990, p.43 - 'Brightwell-cum-Sotwell' - Archived]
092 * The New Oxfordshire Village Book [extract from comp. Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes, 1990, p.87 - 'Drayton' - Archived]
093 * The Victoria History of the County of Berkshire. Vol.4 [eds. by William Page & Rev P.H. Ditchfield, 1924, p.341 - 'Hundred of Ock', by Ada Russell - 'Drayton' - citation of Highways and Byways in Berkshire, by James Edmund Vincent, 1919, pp.163-165]
094 * The Victoria History of the County of Berkshire. Vol.4 [eds. by William Page & Rev P.H. Ditchfield, 1924, p.363, xxi - 'Hundred of Ock', by Ada Russell - 'Milton' - citation of Rev J. E. Field]
095 * The Victoria History of the County of Berkshire. Vol.4 [eds. by William Page & Rev P.H. Ditchfield, 1924, p.367 - 'Hundred of Ock', by Ada Russell - 'Steventon' - citation of ?]
096 * The Victoria History of the County of Berkshire. Vol.4 [eds. by William Page & Rev P.H. Ditchfield, 1924, p.381, xxi - 'Hundred of Ock', by Ada Russell - 'Little Wittenham' - citation of Rev J. E. Field]
097 * The Victoria History of the County of Berkshire. Vol.4 [eds. by William Page & Rev P.H. Ditchfield, 1924, p.385 - 'Hundred of Ock', by Ada Russell - 'Long Wittenham' - citation of ?]
098 * Travels Round our Village [West Hendred] [by Eleanor G. Hayden [daughter of Vicar of West Hendred], 1905, p.115 - at [West Hendred]]

[General]

099 * Banbury Hobby Horse Festival [National gathering of traditional and modern 'humanimals' that features some folk drama, such as Kentish hoodening, Welsh Mari Lwyd, tup and other mummers plays.]
100 * Christminster Singers [1999 performance]
101 * Leafield Village [Broken link to Martin Collin's webpage with R.J.E. Tiddy's text]
102 * Windmill Players [photos of 2006 performance]

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