Thame had a town crier until at least 1918. Brown and Guest record that Richard Bouler was town crier in 1866, Joseph the grandson of the Earl of Abingdon was then crier until 1880
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I am King Alfred, and this here is my Bride,
I’ve a crown on my pate and a sword by my side.
THE FIRST MAN: Break up break up, ye merry boys and girls And give me room to rise, For I have come to help you enjoy A merry Christmas time.
One of the most curious traditions in England must be the performance of the mummer’s play, usually performed at Christmas time by a group of men dressed in tatter coats and with blackened faces.
Lady Wenman, who lived at Thame Park, near Thame, was so scared of being buried alive that she ordered her body to be placed in an open vault – and to be left unburied for a period of 50 years.