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01The Dwarf's Stratagem20140302Thomas Horne was born in 1849 in a caravan at Nottingham Goose Fair. He spent the first part of his life as a working showman - dressing up as a performing bear, running a Penny Bazaar around the Lancashire Wakes, working as a doorman in Mrs Williams' Waxwork, and finally becoming an actor in a Mumming Booth and a partner in an Illusion Show. Latterly, he joined a missionary brotherhood in Oxford, and was ordained as a priest in Leeds in 1885.
Until his death in 1918, Thomas Horne was a vigorous campaigner for the rights of travelling people. With his education, training as a priest, and family association with the fairground, he was their ideal representative. He travelled throughout the country, preaching to showfolk and, in one year alone, he travelled over 12,000 miles, visiting fairs as far apart as Penzance in Cornwall to Ayr in Scotland.
The stories in this series are taken from his memoirs held in the National Fairground Archive in Sheffield.
Today's story concerns the exploits of a cunning dwarf, Peter Piper, who is in charge of an amazing mechanical waxwork exhibition visiting Cardiff.
Read by Tony Lidington
Producer David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.
01The Dwarf's Stratagem2014030220150111 (R4)Thomas Horne was born in 1849 in a caravan at Nottingham Goose Fair. He spent the first part of his life as a working showman - dressing up as a performing bear, running a Penny Bazaar around the Lancashire Wakes, working as a doorman in Mrs Williams' Waxwork, and finally becoming an actor in a Mumming Booth and a partner in an Illusion Show. Latterly, he joined a missionary brotherhood in Oxford, and was ordained as a priest in Leeds in 1885.
Until his death in 1918, Thomas Horne was a vigorous campaigner for the rights of travelling people. With his education, training as a priest, and family association with the fairground, he was their ideal representative. He travelled throughout the country, preaching to showfolk and, in one year alone, he travelled over 12,000 miles, visiting fairs as far apart as Penzance in Cornwall to Ayr in Scotland.
The stories in this series are taken from his memoirs held in the National Fairground Archive in Sheffield.
Today's story concerns the exploits of a cunning dwarf, Peter Piper, who is in charge of an amazing mechanical waxwork exhibition visiting Cardiff.
Read by Tony Lidington
Producer David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.
01The Dwarf's Stratagem20140302
01The Dwarf's Stratagem20140302
01The Dwarf's Stratagem2014030220150111 (R4)Tony Lidington tells a tale of bravery set in a 19th-century waxwork show.
01The Dwarf's Stratagem20140302
01The Dwarf's Stratagem20140302
02The Cumberland Crusher20140309Thomas Horne was born in 1849 in a caravan at Nottingham Goose Fair. He spent the first part of his life as a working showman - dressing up as a performing bear, running a Penny Bazaar around the Lancashire Wakes, working as a doorman in Mrs Williams' Waxwork, and finally becoming an actor in a Mumming Booth and a partner in an Illusion Show. Latterly, he joined a missionary brotherhood in Oxford, and was ordained as a priest in Leeds in 1885.
Until his death in 1918, Thomas Horne was a vigorous campaigner for the rights of travelling people. With his education, training as a priest, and family association with the fairground, he was their ideal representative. He travelled throughout the country, preaching to showfolk and, in one year alone, he travelled over 12,000 miles, visiting fairs as far apart as Penzance in Cornwall to Ayr in Scotland.
The stories in this series are taken from his memoirs held in the National Fairground Archive in Sheffield.
Today's story concerns the goings-on in Nimble Nicky's Boxing Booth at Newcastle Races. John Umberston, the notorious Cumberland Crusher is persuaded to take on all-comers as part of a wrestling display. He meets his match, with tragic consequences.
Read by Tony Lidington
Producer: David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.
02The Cumberland Crusher20140309
02The Cumberland Crusher20140309
02The Cumberland Crusher20140309
032014031620150125 (R4)Rev Thomas Horne tells the tale of a terrible fire in a travelling theatre in Rotherham.
Thomas Horne was born in 1849 in a caravan at Nottingham Goose Fair. He spent the first part of his life as a working showman - dressing up as a performing bear, running a Penny Bazaar around the Lancashire Wakes, working as a doorman in Mrs Williams' Waxwork, and finally becoming an actor in a Mumming Booth and a partner in an Illusion Show. Latterly, he joined a missionary brotherhood in Oxford, and was ordained as a priest in Leeds in 1885.
Until his death in 1918, Thomas Horne was a vigorous campaigner for the rights of travelling people. With his education, training as a priest, and family association with the fairground, he was their ideal representative. He travelled throughout the country, preaching to showfolk and, in one year alone, he travelled over 12,000 miles, visiting fairs as far apart as Penzance in Cornwall to Ayr in Scotland.
The stories in this series are taken from his memoirs held in the National Fairground Archive in Sheffield.
Today's story concerns the actor, Hervey Hoyne and the terrible events surrounding a fire in the Mumming Booth at Rotherham Statutes Fair.
Read by Tony Lidington
Producer: David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.
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03 LASTThe Mummer20140316Thomas Horne was born in 1849 in a caravan at Nottingham Goose Fair. He spent the first part of his life as a working showman - dressing up as a performing bear, running a Penny Bazaar around the Lancashire Wakes, working as a doorman in Mrs Williams' Waxwork, and finally becoming an actor in a Mumming Booth and a partner in an Illusion Show. Latterly, he joined a missionary brotherhood in Oxford, and was ordained as a priest in Leeds in 1885.
Until his death in 1918, Thomas Horne was a vigorous campaigner for the rights of travelling people. With his education, training as a priest, and family association with the fairground, he was their ideal representative. He travelled throughout the country, preaching to showfolk and, in one year alone, he travelled over 12,000 miles, visiting fairs as far apart as Penzance in Cornwall to Ayr in Scotland.
The stories in this series are taken from his memoirs held in the National Fairground Archive in Sheffield.
Today's story concerns the actor, Hervey Hoyne and the terrible events surrounding a fire in the Mumming Booth at Rotherham Statutes Fair.
Read by Tony Lidington
Producer: David Blount
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.
Showman's Parson: Tales from the Memoirs of the Rev Thomas Horne, The0320140316
Showman's Parson: Tales from the Memoirs of the Rev Thomas Horne, The0320140316
Showman's Parson: Tales from the Memoirs of the Rev Thomas Horne, The0320140316
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