the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

England: history of the pipe and tabor

Victorian taborers (1830 - 1900)





18311831 satire on the Duke of Gloucester 18th or 19th century copy
active 1593-1636
1832 Missing taborer 1832Bucks Gazette - Saturday 11 February 1832
1833 in ‘Comic Offering’1833'Literature of the Day' Durham County Advertiser - Friday 22 November 1833
1847 Death notice for pipe and tabor player: 1847 Death notice for pipe and tabor player:Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury - Saturday 01 May 1847

1849 Player in London 1849Banbury Guardian - Thursday 10 May 1849

1850 1850

Two players from the same page of a Book of Hours (Medieval text, Modern illuminations), Boating party, musician, and lovers, Walters Manuscript W.441, fol. 3r

Originating in Ghent or Bruges, Flanders, in the early sixteenth century,
English illustrator William Caleb Wing was asked to "finish" the manuscript ca. 1850. Known for his manuscript illumination skills, Wing recreated imagery typical of a fifteenth-to sixteenth-century Flemish Book of Hours.

1857 ‘A Little Gossip About Christmas’1857Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser - Saturday 26 December 1857
1862 ‘Exeter Working Men’s Mutual  Improvement Society Annual Meeting’1862Western Times - Saturday 25 January 1862
18631863Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette - Saturday 26 December 1863
1864 'December' 1864‘The Book of Days. A miscellany of popular antiquties, in connection with the calendar ‘
edited by R. Chambers page 653

1870 "Mr Lowesley showed part of his antiquarian collection of curiosities to the Field Club, which
included a pipe and tabor"
Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser - Thursday 06 October."

1872 advertisement for an entertainment at Crystal Palace
‘Comical Ballet Extraordinary’ which included “Sports
and Pastimes of the 15th century, such as Pipe and Tabor

Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle - Saturday 13 April 1872

1872 Salisbury and South Wilts Museum – third annual loan collection:
‘Mrs Mayo sends a superb pair of figures, the male playing on pipe and tabor the female on the triangle’1872Salisbury and Winchester Journal - Saturday 29 June 1872 [ examples of these figures here]

1888 ‘Sale of Rare Porcelaine’1888St James's Gazette - Wednesday 25 April 1888
player 18711871 copy of 16th century carving at Beverely Minster unknownPastoral Scene with putto
Italian Garden, Kensington Gardens London
18941894 copy of medieval taborer
1883 Were these brass bands that are being referred to? Pipe and tabor may mean any musician: 1883Northern Weekly Gazette - Saturday 06 October 1883
1897 Musical committee of the Conservative Club  annual treat was a visit to the workhouse inmates.1897Northampton Mercury - Friday 18 June 1897
Also see:
double pipes
morris dance
pandean pipes
'piper' - Regency and Victorian terminology
street entertainers
'tabber / taberer'
'whittle and dub'
Cecil Sharp, morris pipe and tabor

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