Where Does This Noble Doctor Come From?


In the mummers play recorded at Longborough in 1923 the doctor lines are very special.
In his speech, the doctor outlines the following journey:

"I went down a long lane, a short lane, a narrow lane, a wide lane, and I come to a house built with apple dumplings and thatched with pancakes."

The doctor is of course refering to the topsy turvy world often alluded to in Mummers Plays. He goes on to mention maids, dogs, hedges and blood - all inversions of sense and order.

A very special street that I lived just around the corner from for many years in Tynemouth, but never dared venture down is Back Front Street.