Folk Play Links - Berkshire, 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 * Aldworth Millenium Tapestry [The Bell Inn - Aldworth's Mummers described but not represented]
002 * Cold Ash Mummers [photos; programme; script]
003 * Datchet Border Morris [programme]
004 * Ellington Morris [photos; script]
005 * Hummers Mummers / Hurst Morris People

Libraries & Archives

006 * The History, Stories and Customs of the Parish of Arborfield and the Liberty of Newland : the Arborfield and Newland Women's Institute book of 1922 [Reading Library] [by Beatrice M. Simonds, pp.26, 28-30 - 'Old Customs' - text]
007 * Wiltshire County Council : Community History : Folk Arts : Biography [Shadrach Haydon from whom Hatford text was collected]
008 * Wiltshire Record Office [Ref. 2598/36] [Alfred Williams Collection - Hatford text]

Publications

009 * A Berkshire Christmas [extract from comp. David Green, 1994, pp.35-45 - Hoe Benham text from Berkshire Record Office - Archived]
010 * A Book of the Country and the Garden [US edition] [by H.M. Batson [wife of Rector of Welford], 1903, pp.258-270 - Hoe Benham text]
011 * 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']
012 * Books of the Day : Childhood: Co Meath and Berkshire [by Gwendolen Freeman, in The Spectator, 20th Aug. 1948, p.246 - Review of "Portrait of a House [West Woodhay House]" by Mary Howard McClintock [granddaughter of Cole], 1948 - [West Woodhay] fragment]
013 * Do you want to hear the Berkshire Mummers? [index to Malcolm Bee, in Longworth Rose, Vol.2 No.3, Sep. 2006, pp.29-32]
014 * Jenkyn, Little John, &c [by [Lady] Constance Russell [wife of 4th Baronet], in Notes and Queries, 10th Ser. Vol.V No.113, 24th Feb. 1906, p.155 - [extract from The Nursery Rhymes of England, ed. by James Orchard Halliwell, 1842, p.136;] at [Swallowfield Park,] Swallowfield]
015 * Obituary: Dr Malcolm Bee [in Friendly Societies Research Group Newsletter, Iss.16, Jul. 2008, pp.3-4]
016 * Old Berkshire' Mummers' Plays [citation of Malcolm Bee, in Oxfordshire Local History, Vol.2 No.1, 1984]
017 * 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)]
018 * Old English Sports , Pastimes , Customs [by P.H. Ditchfield [Rector of Barkham], 1891, p.124 - as Old English Sports and Customs, in Parish Magazine, Vol.XXXII No.12, [Dec.] 1890, p.4 - paraphrasing A Glossary of Berkshire Words and Phrases, by Maj B. Lowsley, 1888, pp.17-22 - at Barkham too?]
019 * Pages from a Private Diary [New edition] [by [Urbanus Sylvan][Henry Charles Beeching], 1903, p.163 - 26th Dec. 1896 - [Yattendon] fragment]
020 * Reminiscences [by Goldwin Smith, ed. by Arnold Haultain, 1910, pp.7, 1 - at Reading]
021 * Swallowfield and its Owners [by Lady [Constance] Russell [wife of 4th Baronet], 1901, pp.335-337 - text]
022 * The Life and Adventures of George Augustus Sala [US edition] [by himself, 1895, Vol.I pp.373, 369 - Slough "mummers" (carollers ?) seen at Upton Court, Upton, 1861 [- see Tiddy p.88]]
023 * The New Berkshire Village Book [extract from comp. Berkshire Federation of Women's Institutes, 199? - 'Burghfield' - now no more]
024 * The New Berkshire Village Book [extract from comp. Berkshire Federation of Women's Institutes, 199? - 'Boxford' - performed Hoe Benham text]
025 * The Note Book of an American Parson in England [by G. Monroe Royce, 1918, pp.227-231 - 'English Oral Tradition' [- not as Nineteenth Century and After, Vol.LXI No.CCCLXI, Mar. 1907, pp.436-445] - Berkshire "Mummers" fragment, 1904; ("Plough Monday" at [unlocated], 1905)]
026 * The Parish Clerk [by P.H. Ditchfield, 1907, p.331 - Mumming Play at Barkham [where he is Rector]]
027 * Vanishing England [by P.H. Ditchfield, 1910, p.376]

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