The Quarter Jack's Challenge, 1999

The Quarterjacks Challenge posterSynopsis

The Quarter Jack, who has resided on the Minster tower for over two hundred years, steps down to issue a challenge to many of the town’s most worthy residents over the last thousand years.  He invites them to compete for the title of ‘Wimborne Worthy of Worthies’.

Characters invited: St Cuthburga, founder of the Minster Church, Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, Thomas Hardy, Isaac and Elizabeth Gulliver, Henrietta Bankes of Kingston Lacy, and her servant, Alice Maud Baker and wise woman, Alicia Payntere. 

See photos of the production here

About the production

The production was part of Wimborne’s Millennium celebrations and was funded by Wimborne Town Council.  It was repeated as part of the Wimborne Folk Festival the following year in June 2000.

Anthony Oliver, chairman of Wimborne 2000 said, ‘A wonderful show to set the day.’


Archive materials

The following items from The Quarter Jack’s Challenge have been stored in our materials archive. Click here to view.

  1. Programme
  2. Newspaper clippings from the press
  3. Performance leaflet
  4. Photos of the production
  5. Lyrics of The Gloucestershire Wassail
  6. Wishes made by audience members
  7. Scripts
  8. Poem – Copying Architecture in an Old Minster by Thomas Hardy
  9. Production video