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Sixteenth-century illustration of a game of camping or camp-ball, a rough-and-tumble, early form of football, particularly associated with East Anglia. In 1671 the inhabitants of Norwich 'Over the Water' (i.e. north of the River Wensum) were warned by the civic authorities to desist from excessive 'dancing and camping' in the Gildencroft  as it was spoiling the grass, a valuable commodity. Note the two tabor (drum) players whose role was perhaps to signals 'snotches' or goals. A part of the ancient Gildencroft known as the Folly Grounds stood beside a tavern The Tabor's Folly. For more information on camping visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camping_(game)

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