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Wiltshire Community History

Folk Play Information

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TitleMummers' play
Alternative Title
WordsCarrington, F A
Collected FromUnknown
Occupation
Age
Date
LocationWootton Rivers
CountyWiltshire
Source Primary
Source SecondaryWiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine Vol 1, 1854 p 79
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F A Carrington - 'In several parts of Wiltshire, groups of persons grotesquely dressed go round from house to house on the morning of Christmas Day, and act a sort of drama, founded on a legend of St. George. There were a few years ago, and probably are still, Mummers at Wootton Rivers, and on Christmas Day, 1852, a party of Mummers came from Avebury, and after performing there, came round to the neighbouring villages , when going from house to house they acted their Drama and after sung a Hymn.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2008.

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