Rochdale Mummers

 Rochdale Mummers

Rochdale Mummers are best known for their antics around New Year. They came around the houses and “mummed” for small change (for charity) Most kids were frightened to death by them, but I suppose the adults thought it was fun.

Please note the coconutters didn’t do “Mumming” although the outfits have reminded people about the event.

Rochdale Mummers

Wendy Hamer  Coconutters didn’t go mumming this was a new year tradition
13 August 2013 at 20:03

Gordon Monks  Britannia Coconut Dancers (alternatively, the Bacup Nutters).
13 August 2013 at 19:45
Brenda Marie Costello  Britannia Coconutters from Britannia, Bacup.
13 August 2013 at 18:54
Wayne Mcfc Fetch  Are they mummers
13 August 2013 at 18:45
Rochdale Past, Present & Future  no but i have heard of them, don’t the clean the house or something going mumumumumumum lol
13 August 2013 at 18:53
Brenda Marie Costello  The mummers were guys who blacked up their faces and didn’t speak but ‘hummed’ quietly. They used to call at your house on New Year’s Eve and carry out the dusting or cleaning for which you would give them something in appreciation of their work. I think.
Mummer’s Day, or “Darkie Day” as it is sometimes known, is an ancient Cornish midwinter celebration that occurs every year on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day in Padstow, Cornwall. It was originally part of the pagan heritage of midwinter celebrations that were regularly celebrated throughout Cornwall 13 August 2013 at 19:00
Rochdale Past, Present & Future.  strange to have a connection with Cornwall, anyone got a theory?
13 August 2013 at 19:03
Gordon Monks  They claim that the dances were brought from Cornwall by miners who came to Lancashire to work the mines.
13 August 2013 at 19:46
Gordon Monks…and were introduced to Cornwall my Moorish (North African) traders; one of the supposed origins of the term “Morris”.
13 August 2013 at 20:01
Karen Veon  they used to scare me when they came mumming around our house when we were kids!!
13 August 2013 at 20:16
Karen Veon  Rochdale Past, Present & Future… you are too young to remember them?
13 August 2013 at 20:18
Marie Merchant  Me too Karen, Im so glad other people remember them. I thought I had drempt them!!
14 August 2013 at 09:36
Rochdale Past, Present & Future.  Look at the two old dears wonderful
13 August 2013 at 18:48
Jen Taylor  I vaguely remember a visit one new years eve! He knocked on the door and mummed around the house, and left. Don’t think you can get away with that today! Happy days!
13 August 2013 at 19:10
Carole Thomas  Its the Britannia Coconutters
13 August 2013 at 18:54
Catherine Thomas  WHITWORTH Coconutters my Grandad was one of them, seems everyone jumps on the band wagon of something good and different
16 August 2013 at 21:52
Susan Buckley  great photo
14 August 2013 at 11:16
Elaine Chadwick  Priceless
14 August 2013 at 02:24
Elizabeth Macpherson  When approx were these pics taken Joe?
13 August 2013 at 22:01
Kathryn Christie  Coconut Cloggers of Bacup, morrismen.
13 August 2013 at 20:52
John Woolfenden  they are coconut dancers, they where in tv programme a couple of years ago ,,think they’re from the Bacup area,,,
13 August 2013 at 19:48
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