Fowlers Troop & the Deptford Jack in the Green

The Deptford Jack in the Green goes out in South East London, and sometimes the City, every May Day.


These are some of the books which include the current Fowlers Troop and the Deptford Jack in the Green, listed in reverse chronological order.  They are all well worth reading.

Nina Lyon, Uprooted: on the trail of the Green Man, London: Faber & Faber, 9780571318018, 2016.  This book is mainly about the origins of the Green Man, there is a brief mention of Fowlers Troop along with other Jack in the Green traditions.

Andrew Kotting, By ourselves, Badbloodandsibyl and Andrew Kotting, 2015, 9780956873316.  This is the companion book to Andrew Kotting's film By ourselves about John Clare, starring Toby Jones.  

Tom Jones, Tired of London, Tired of Life: one thing a day to do in London, Virgin Books, 2012, 9780753540329.  See the Tired of London website.

Henry Buckton, Yesterday's country customs: a history of traditional English folklore, Stroud: The History Press, 2012, 978-0-7524-6797-9. Available from Amazon. Although the author contacted me for information, I regret to say that I did not manage to reply, so there is not that much about Fowlers Troop in the book.

Sara Hannant, Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids, Merrell, 2011, 978-1-8589-4559-0. Please see Sara's website for more information and details of how to buy the book.

Neil Transpontine, May Day in South London: a history, Past Tense, 2011.  The print run of this has sold out, but the author has made it freely available from his blog at:

Scott Wood, `Epilogue - Adventures in folklore: seasonal customs and folk stories in modern London', in Antony Clayton, The folklore of London: legends, ceremonies and celebrations past and present, 2008, Historical Publications, 978-1905286-28-7.  Available from bookshops or Amazon.

Steve Hollingshead, Event: a celebration of London's rituals, festivities and eccentricities, Steve Hollingshead, 2007, 978-0-9557001-0-1. See Steve's Taking the Pics website.

Carlos Guarita, Theatre of the seasons, Lisboa: Arquivo Fotografico Municipal, 1999, 972-8517-05.  I have not found a website for Carlos who used to come out with the Jack and the book may be out of print.

and of course, Roy Judge's book, The Jack-in-the-Green, FLS Books for the Folklore Society, 2nd ed., 2000, 0-903515-20-2.  Available from the Folklore Society or Amazon

There may be other titles I have not found, if you come across any not listed above, I would be grateful if you could let me know, at the address shown under the Contact us link.

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Sara Hannant's exhibition - Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey Through the English Ritual Year - featured on the BBC News Gallery on 18/5/13.  The exhibition, which started at the Horniman Museum and then went to Cecil Sharp House, the headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and was at the Oxfordshire Museum at Woodstock in July 2013.

Page created: 20-5-13, updated 1-3-16