the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

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England: Over one century of the panpipes and tabor

Early to mid Victorian pandean pipes

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The majority are extracts from larger pictures and prints. Links to originals are given, where possible. If you have any more information on any of these images, or you are the copyright holder and I have not managed to get in touch with you, please do let me know.


early to mid Victorian

1835 story 1835New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal page 465
1835 story 1835Waldie's Select Circulating Library - Volume 6 - Page 419 , Pholidelphia,USA
rats 'Music' 1830's 1830's cartoon by Grandville
1830 for chimney sweeps
procession 1830
  1832 with Jack in the Green 1831 for a raree show 1832 1832at a fair 1832
with Punch and Judy 1834
1835 with stilt walkers 1835 at a fair 1835 1835with Jack in the Green 1835
1835strolling minstrel band, London 1835 1835 player in band 1835  
playera comic illustration 1836
with Jack in the Green 1830's poss
with Mr Punch and Toby 1836
with Mr Punch 1837 1838collecting money after performance 1838 street minstrel 1838-42
cartoon street band 1839 part of a street band 1839 1840playing for dancing dogs 1840 early Victorian1840 with Punch

front cover of Punch magazine
with a Punch and Judy show

Victorianunknown date
with puppet booth at fair
1840with Punch and Judy
Russell Square, London, 1840
1841 Punch magazine 1841
1840c1840 with Jack-in-the-Green with Punch, a political satire 1841 1842 street entertainer, Regent St, 1842
1842Punch illustration 1842
© Punch Limited
1842Punch illustration 1842

© Punch Limited


unknown datewith Jack-in-the-Green, 1843 1843 France 1843 1844 playing for a charity ball 1844
18441844 cartoon by Grandville unknownby a Punch and Judy booth
by Smythe, date unknown
unknownPunch and Judy date? by Smythe

unknownPunch and Judy date?
by Smythe

with Jack in the Green 1845 1840's1840's satire, at a fair Punch and Judy
after 1845
by Smythe
with Punch and Judy 1846 street band 1848 1848 in a band procession 1848  
with Jack in the Green 1830-50 with Jack-in-the-Green 1850 1850playing for puppets 1850  
1851 with puppet booth 1851
1851 with acrobats 1851
1853part of ad hoc Christmas Waits 1853


1856with Jack in the Green 1856
page 230
unknownplaying for dancing dogs, date unknown
18561856 France street entertainer 1858 with Punch and Judy
before 1860
with puppet booth 1850-60

with Punch and Judy

unknownplayer at a fair, unknown date unknownunknown
fanocciniunknown with fantoccini unknownunknown Victorianaccompanying a fire-eater and an acrobat unknown unknownunknown’‘Minor Theatricals’
1839 Despite legislation 'bottlers' continued to play in the streets:

Section 54, paragraph 14 of the Metropolitan Police Act of 1839 effectively banned street music, stating that:
“Every person shall be liable to a penalty … who, within the limits of the metropolitan police district, shall in any thoroughfare or public place, … blow any horn or use any other noisy instrument, for the purpose of calling persons together, or of announcing any show or entertainment, or for the purpose of hawking, selling, distributing, or collecting any article whatsoever, or of obtaining money or alms”

1845 Newspaper story: 1845Lloyd's Companion to the Penny Sunday Times and Peoples' Police Gazette - Sunday 27 July 1845
18501850 newspaper  cuttingIllustrated London News - Saturday 30 March 1850

1849-50 "...  I had learnt myself to play the Pandaean pipes, and after that to beat the drum, much to the annoyance of my mother, who was a religious kerackter. At last I made acquaintance with a person belonging to a street band, and he proposed that I should go out with him of an evening to play at the hotels. ... We used to play outside the hotels chiefly."

The Morning Chronicle : Labour and the Poor, 1849-50; Henry Mayhew - Letter LII

1851 London Street Amusements:

"Then the drum, what a spirit stirring sound it makes ! and the pandian pipes,
stuck in a stock of faded crimson velvet, how clear and shrilly they sound !-
the man's head seems as if placed on a swivel, and he hammers and blows away as if for very life. ..."

The Goulburn Herald and County of Argyle Advertiser (NSW : 1848 - 1859) Saturday 8 February 1851 - Page 1

1857 Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes (page 34)
. The story is set in the 1830's at Rugby School

1857 “… one comes occasionally upon a wandering company of acrobats, conjurors,
or jugglers, or all three united. ..  One of them bangs a big drum and blows a few
inspiriting notes on the Pandean pipes, which is the signal for a general rush to that
quarter from all the outlets of the neighbourhood. …”

 The Little World of London, by Charles Manby Smith, 1857

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