Item BCA - 2018.1368 - Bampton Mummers from 1946 to 2000

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BCA - 2018.1368

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Bampton Mummers from 1946 to 2000

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  • 1946 - 2000 (Creation)

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pdf of 31 photograph and 7 pages of text about the mummers

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Mummering has taken place in Bampton for at least 134 which is when Rev Giles mentions it in his book about Bampton. Don Rouse has written a far more up-to-date account which you'll find after the photographs. The names of the performers have been put on the photographs. Look at the caption with each photograph and you'll find one refers to a time when PC Radburn tried to get the performers in trouble. The Bampton Mummers with L-R Bill Daniels, Ted Hunt, Don Rouse, Arnold Woodley and Frank Purslow. "This was 1974 and was the year that PC Radburn tried to do us for being on the streets after sundown with blackened faces!" Quote from Don Rouse. The characters in the Mummers are Father Christmas who acts as the narrator and serves the same in both acts: St George the Knight / Royal Apprussia King are played by the same actor who slightly changes his attire: Turkish Knight / Soldier Bold again played by one actor who changes an item of clothing or two: the Doctor: Robin Hood / Jack Finny played by the same person with a change of clothing: Bold Little John / Old Tom the Tinker who is the final actor who again changes his clothing slightly for the two characters.

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