the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

England: history of the pipe and tabor

Victorian Literature (1830 - 1869)


The pipe and tabor were known throughout Victorian times. Many newspapers had
literature or poetry columns. Sometimes advertisements were placed in newspapers
advertising amusements to take place locally.


1827 Opera

1827 opera A1827 opera BStar (London) - Wednesday 03 January 1827

1830 poem1830 poem

1830 Sir Walter Scott1830 poem

1832 poem

1832 poemClonmel Herald - Saturday 17 November 1832

1840 story ‘The Recollections of a Hackney Coach’1840The Odd Fellow - Saturday 28 March 1840

1841 satire in a newspaper commentry: 1841 satire

1841 ‘The Pope’s Promise’ a story set in Italy: 1841The Odd Fellow - Saturday 30 January 1841
1841 ‘Ode for April’1841Worcester Journal - Thursday 08 April 1841
1841 ‘All Right to the tune of Packington Pound’1841Bucks Herald - Saturday 21 August 1841
1841 ‘The Comic Annual for 1842’ by T Hood1841Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser - Wednesday 24 November 1841


1842 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin'
by Robert Browning in 'Dramatic Lyrics'

 XIV The place of the children's last retreat,
They called it the Pied Piper's Street,
Where any one playing on pipe or tabor
Was sure for the future to lose his labor.

1840's illustrating Shakespeare 1840's The TempestThe Tempest, Ariel
1843 story ‘Adolphe and Annette or a Tale of Langudoc’1843Lloyd's Companion to the Penny Sunday Times and Peoples' Police Gazette - Sunday 06 August 1843
1843 poem: 1843Derbyshire Courier - Saturday 14 October 1843

1843 story1843

1843 story

1843 Play at Haymarket Theatre, London:

‘The pipe and tabor summon to
the amusements all...’
Pictorial Times - Saturday 26 August 1843

1845 ‘Rodenhurst or the Church and the Manor’1845Morning Chronicle - Monday 06 January 1845
1846 poem ‘Solution of the Enigma‘1846Western Times - Saturday 14 November 1846
1847 'Stanzas' 1847Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper - Sunday 15 August 1847

1848 ‘The White Lady of Avenel’
‘The opera commences with a chorus: "So gaily, so gaily the pipe and tabor sound," sung by; the peasantry, who are about to celebrate the christening of Dickson's (Mr. O'Donnell) child, an exceedingly animated and sprightly composition.’

Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper - Sunday 13 August 1848

1848 ‘An Uninvited Guest’; report of a Court Hearing:
‘passionate love for music and dancing. was going home through the Hotwell-Road when ” The sound of minstrelsy; The pipe and tabor and the tinkling cymbal struck on his ear." He could not resist the temptation; the sounds evidently issued from a window some fifteen feet above him ; but. in such cause, difficulties were as nothing, and so, hoping that the window might be connected with a tavern, he began to clamber the wall, and attained the required elevation. His appearance through the aperture was differently hailed—one cried. Come in. drink and be merry,” while others shouted, Peck him over,” Down with the window and chop his head off,” and fearing that one or other of the threats against him might put into execution, he made his way into the room....’

Bristol Mercury - Saturday 01 January 1848

1848 poem ‘A Voice of Encouragement A New Year’s Lay’1848Dublin Weekly Nation - Saturday 01 January 1848

1849 ‘The Trumpeter’s Wedding’ at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London

“The parties march to the church to the sound of pipe and tabor
Globe - Thursday 22 March 1849

1849 ‘The True Workman’ verse 11849Nottingham and Newark Mercury - Friday 27 July 1849
1849 At Theatre Royal, Haymarket – play The Brigand: 1849Globe - Thursday 22 March 1849
1850 Derby Day:1850Illustrated London News - Saturday 01 June 1850

Durham Chronicle - Friday 03 January 1851

Stanzas written on New Year’s Eve
“Wake then, ye minstrels, pipe and tabor,
And flutes and cymbals – softly-softly
Bid men arose to manly labour
And in its scabbard sheathe his sabre
And love his God, and love his neighbour.”

1851 A Christmas Garland 1851 poemBolton Chronicle - Saturday 20 December 1851

1851 story about a bear: 1851Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser Saturday 15 March 1851
1851 essay: 1851Leamington Advertiser, and Beck's List of Visitors - Thursday 24 July 1851
1851 poem' Illustrated Proverbs' by John Wade Clinton1851Worcestershire Chronicle - Wednesday 22 October 1851
1851 Christmas Rhyme 1851Portsmouth Times and Naval Gazette - Saturday 27 December 1851

1852 poem ' The Love of Song' by John B Pedler1852North Wales Chronicle - Friday 06 August 1852


1852 'Amateur Theatricals - ‘A Wonderful Woman’ at Bath Theatre'1852Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 15 January 1852

1852 produced at the Haymarket:
‘White Magic’, a two-act comic operetta

‘the chorus Let pipe and tabor,” with its double subjects,
is ingenious and effective.’
Illustrated London News - Saturday 20 March 1852

1853 The Fancy Ball

1853Coleraine Chronicle - Saturday 07 May 1853


1854 poem 'Song for Holmfirth feast'

1854 poemHuddersfield Chronicle - Saturday 27 May 1854

1854 newspaper article:
"In truth there is no end to the vanity of some men.1854Leamington Spa Courier - Saturday 24 June 1854

1854 Song 1854Manchester Times - Wednesday 28 June 1854

Review of the 1855 edition of Bentley's Miscellany: 1855Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser - Wednesday 07 February 1855

1855: The newspaper reviewer is bewildered by versification
as incoherent as the following:

1855 poem


The Witches Sabbath
 “They dance to the sound of the tabor and flute, and
sometimes with the long instrument they carry at the neck,
and thence stretching to near the girdle, which they beat
with a little stick”


1856 Christmas Song 1856Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 27 December 1856 1856 ‘The Death of the Old Year’1856Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser - Tuesday 30 December 1856
1856 ‘Celebrated Women No. 3 Fair Rosamund’1856Commercial Journal - Saturday 19 July 1856


"Who knows how he may have been disturbed? A pretty milliner may have attracted Harry’s attention out of window—
a dancing bear with pipe and tabor may have passed along the common—a jockey come under his windows to show off a horse there?
There are some days when any of us may be ungrammatical and spell ill. "

 'The Virginians' William Makepeace Thackeray

“The air resounds with the pipe and tabor, and the drums and trumpets of the showmen shouting at the doors of their caravans,
over which tremendous pictures of the wonders to be seen within hang temptingly; while through all rises the shrill "root-too-too-too"
of Mr. Punch, and the unceasing pan-pipe of his satellite.”

1857 'Tom Brown’s School-days' Thomas Hughes

1857 'A Song for Christmas': 1857Birmingham Journal - Saturday 03 January 1857
1857 ‘Anticipation of Spring’ 1857Longford Journal - Saturday 07 February 1857
1858 poem ‘Roger Merryweather’1858Durham County Advertiser - Friday 08 January 1858
1858 Criticism of hymn: 1858Cheltenham Examiner - Wednesday 29 September 1858
1858 'Behind the Scenes’ 1858Hampshire Advertiser - Saturday 18 December 1858
1859 Mythological Reception - newspaper story: 1859Nottinghamshire Guardian - Thursday 31 March 1859

In 1859, at  nine o'clock in the evening:
“a fife and tabour announce the advent of a little dancing boy and girl, with a careworn mother, in the street below. I look from
my window, and see the little painted people capering in their spangles and fleshings and short calico drawers.”

‘Twice Round the Clock, or The Hours of the Day and Night in London’, by George Augustus Sala


1859 report on a religious ceremony in Italy: 1859Globe - Tuesday 27 September 1859
1860 ‘Spring Flowers’ poem by Sidney Dobell1860Gloucestershire Chronicle - Saturday 21 April 1860 1860 ‘Lord Haddo and the Morality of Art’1860Brighton Gazette - Thursday 24 May 1860
1860 song from ‘The May Queen’1860Worcester Journal - Saturday 15 September 1860

1861 Prologue  at the Princes Theatre, Glasgow:

1861 play


“in the retirement of his own apartment had spent his evening
as calmly among his books as if the sound of pipe and tabor 
had fallen on a deafened ear.”

Richmond Times Dispatch, November 1862

18621862 poem

1862 hymn from: 'Those eternal bowers'

"What! with pipe and tabor
Fool away the light,
When He bids you labour,—
When He tells you,—‘Fight!’ "

1862 'Autumn' 1862Coventry Standard - Saturday 25 October 1862

1863 - 'Ode' by John Holland

1863 Ode

1864 At the Assembly Room in the Guildhall, Worcester,
in aid of the distressed weavers of Coventry:  Prologue:1864Worcestershire Chronicle - Wednesday 03 February 1864
1864 sermon reported in Birmingham Daily Gazette 
- Tuesday 01 November 18641864 sermon

1864 Ode toWinter

1864Leamington Spa Courier - Saturday 24 December 1864

1865 The Poets Pilgrimage by Tom Hood

1865 poemSoulby's Ulverston Advertiser and General Intelligencer - Thursday 20 April 1865

1865 West Middlesex Herald - Saturday 09 September 1865
1865 ‘A Game of Romps with my Boys’ by Charles Kent1865Sun (London) - Thursday 09 March 1865

Amateur Concert in aid of the Cathedral Restoration Fund 1865Chichester Express and West Sussex Journal - Tuesday 25 April 1865

1865 ‘Confessions of a Wanderer’1865Blackburn Times - Saturday 29 April 1865


18681868Oxford Times - Saturday 10 October 1868

1869 'April Fancies'1869Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegrams - Thursday 01 April 1869

1869 story: ‘A Legend of the Wansbeck’ by W H Short1869Morpeth Herald - Saturday 21 August 1869


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