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Wiltshire Community History

Folk Play Information

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TitleMummers' play
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WordsUnknown
Collected FromUnknown
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Age
Date
LocationChitterne
CountyWiltshire
Source PrimaryWSRO 3433 Morrison, Jean: Folklore and customs Box 16865 Folk customs 2
Source SecondarySwayne, W S: Parson’s pleasure Blackwood 1934
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Swayne, W S - 'Remote and secluded as Chitterne then was in a fold of the Plain, it retained more than most country villages some of the old ways. The 'Mummers' were in evidence at Christmas time, and visited all the chief houses in the village, including the vicarage. It was quite clear that they only remembered fragments of what once had been a very much longer 'mummers' play. The portion they remembered did not seem to be consecutive and did not make any very good sense. They wore head dresses made like mitres with coloured paper and tinsel, and their coats were adorned all over with ribbons of coloured paper or calico, and they were armed with wooden swords.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2008.

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