Camberwick Green characters
(Trumpton characters are here. Chigley characters are here)
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Windy is to Camberwick what the firemen are to Trumpton and Lord Belborough is to Chigley ie. the star.
Resident of Colley's Mill,which is always fondly remembered by many as the rotating sail completely blocks the front door,requiring some deft timing just to get in and out.
He represents the rural oldschool in contrast to his modern neighbour Farmer Bell.He lives life at his own pace,enjoys a regular tipple of home-brewed cider and "keeps ducks,hens,2 cows and bees".(one of the cows is called "Bess") An accomplished whittler (wood carver) he has no 'phone or car and rides a "tricycle"-ostensibly a pennyfarthing with stabilisers.And with his traditional smock,you'd imagine he'd be short on grey-matter and long on conversational pauses.But it's quite the reverse,and he's actually blessed with a combination of intelligence,native cunning and common sense.
Yep.There are no flies on our Windy -at least not in cold weather- and he seems perfectly happy with life as a batchelor of indeterminate age.In short,an unlikely but enduring star.
" Windy Miller,Windy Miller,sharper than a thorn.
Like a mouse he's spry and nimble when he grinds the corn.
Like a bird he'll watch the wind and listen for the sound,
which says he has the wind he needs to make the sails go round."
The resident GP is perhaps one of the most striking "time and place" anomalies that occurs in the whole of Trumptonshire,as he's an identikit Edwardian gentleman from his top hat right through to the boneshaker he drives. But,like Windy,he reinforces the 'just because it's old,doesn't make it bad' narrative tone of the series.And everyone seems healthy enough with his simple,old fashioned remedies,so he must be doing something right.Off-duty he's "a keen photographer",complete with a suitably archaic box brownie on a tripod,and he also likes fishing.
There's no mention of a wife or kids,although we do learn he's got a sister called,"Millicent" in episode one of Chigley.
"If you want a doctor,get Dr.Mopp.
For he can stop a sneeze or a wheeze,or a lump or a bump,a headache,a sprain or rheumaticy pain.
So if you're feeling sickly please call him quickly.
He can cure all ills,with his pale pink medicines and sugar-coated pills "
The Murphy Family :-
Mickey's the most visible member of the family,and generally comes across as not being the brightest bit of icing on the bun.But he's certainly a hard-worker and good provider.His Van
No first name.No song.She's a house mum and minds the shop in MIckey's absence,but is never seen doing any of the baking.She's got a rather odd,squat figure,an unflattering dress sense and not much of a part.So has more cause for a re-write than most !
No ages given.And despite being the only children ever seen in Camberwick,they're surprisingly under-used.Paddy does get his own episode where he helps out Mr.Tripp the milkman on Saturday mornings whilst on rollerskates.But Mary's an even more peripheral figure and probably best remembered for her dress as much as anything else -a nice bit of 60's kitsch (3rd pic).Paddy does get a tune (no.4 below),although even that's a one-off and not used as his calling card,and they both share No.3 with dad.So slim pickings,and it's very much dad Mickey who gets top-billing here.
1) " Mr.Murphy is a master baker,pudding,pie & pastry maker.
Biscuits,buns and birthday cakes,everything is marvellous that Murphy makes. "
2) " Driving along with the baker's man,in a rackety,tackety baker's van.
Each low fat cake the baker's bake will roll and shake as our rounds we make.
With the baker man in the baker's van,the rackety,tackety baker's van. "
3) " Driving along in a baker's van,in a rackety,clackety baker's van.
Away to the Mill our buckets to fill,who cares if it spills we know that it will.
In the baker's van with the baker's man,in the rackety,clackety baker's van. "
4) " Whizzing along on my rollerskates,on my rumbling,tumbling rollerskates.
The people say "get out of the way and don't delay he's at work today.
On his rollerskates,on his bowler skates,his rumbling,tumbling rollerskates."
A lady who we're told "never stops talking".She gives the series a real sense of movement and life as she bustles about The Green,with her floor-length skirt avoiding the need to animate all that frantic footwork.
She's permanently seen with her baby boy in tow,who's always referred to simply as "he","him" or "baby".And whilst she's presumably a similar age to Mrs.Murphy,her victorian dress sense makes her seem much older.
We learn that her husband is "the Chemist",but we never get to see him- or the shop for that matter.And having to contend with her high-energy flitting about and machine-gun verbals,he probably consumes more aspirin than he sells.
That said,she always comes across as more amusing than annoying and is a valuable counterpoint to the more laidback characters.
"Chatter,chatter,have you heard the latest gossip,not a word to anyone.
But do you know that,natter natter,well my dear,you could have knocked me over with a feather.I...was... shocked ! "
His main song (1) pretty much says it all really.He's very much the wind-of-change counterpoint to Windy's old school ideals.And whilst the general conclusion is that there's room for both,Gordon Murray ensures that if anyone ends up looking like a bumpkin,it's Farmer Bell -allbeit a wealthy one.
He has a wife although she's never seen and is only mentioned in passing when,for instance,the Doc calls to treat her "rheumatics".And whilst he has no children,his machines are clearly his real babies.
-a truck for general use (reg."JB1") -a tractor -"a forklift loader" and -a "mechanical digger" which is only seen in 2 Chigley episodes "Clay for Mr.Farthing" and "The Fountain",accompanied by the 3rd song listed below.
All bought from Mr.Dagenham incidentally,as is his "electric milking machine","new plough and a television set"
But despite all that,he does still need unseen "farm hands" to help him out,so it's clearly a decent size spread. Although the most we ever see of it are the buildings and yard.And no-one's ever seen out in the fields.
1)" A go-ahead farmer is Jonathon Bell,who works his farm and works it well.
He doesn't hold much with the good old days,in modern times use modern ways.
Electric,mechanical,all that is new which does the work that men used to do.
He swears by it all and he proves it too,on his modern mechanical farm."
2)" Driving along in a farmer's truck,in an "I can do anything" farmer's truck.
A pig or a hen,a calf or the men,a bale or a sack all go in to the back.
You can even spread muck from a farmer's truck,an "I can do anything" farmer's truck. "
3)" For jobs that are big a mechanical digger is bigger and better and quicker
It lumbers and lurches and lifts heavy loads,digging deep ditches or holes in the roads
Trenches for water,main cable or drain,rumbling and roaring and taking the strain
Loading up lorries with rubble and soil,a mechanical digger will tirelessly toil
For jobs that are big a mechanical digger is bigger and better and quicker "
She runs the combined Post Office and General Stores with no mention of any family, and seemingly only a puppy dog called "Packet" for company.("Packet" as in 'parcel',and not 'poo' presumably)
Whilst she flits in and out of procedings fairly regularly,she's a rather non-descript personality.And certainly isn't helped by not having a signature tune,which is perhaps rather strange when you consider she's essentially at the hub of village life.So she's actually less well-remembered than her pet -not that he had a song either !
She does however get this little one-off refrain when she's helping Peter the Postie sort the letters in the very 1st episode......
" 3 for Mickey Murphy,2 for Dr.Mopp,1 for Mr.Honeyman who keeps the Chemist's Shop.
2 for Windy Miller,3 for Captain Snort,and 6 for all the soldier boys who live in Pippin Fort "
This song was accompanied by a quaint,if slightly bizarre,little twirly dance by the 2 of them.
Actually the only dance in the whole series (for dancing,think Chigley)
As this also doubled as the pilot episode,they clearly had a rethink before filming the rest.
Camberwick's by-the-book local bobby.His motorbike means he rides in to quite a few storylines,but he's far too uncharismatic to ever get much of a foothold in our affections.And yet,in all 3 series,his "P_C_McGarry No.4_5_2" is probably second only to "Pugh,Pugh,Barney McGrew.." as a song hook.So he's better remembered than his character and personality actually merit.
He also holds the Camberwick record for the most number of lyric variations,which certainly helped.The first 3 being from his own episode and the last one from Mrs.Honeyman's:-
1) "Here comes the policeman,the big friendly policeman,P.C McGarry No.452.
Lost a key,cat up a tree,baby lost a shoe ?
Then get a policeman,a big friendly policeman,P.C McGarry No.452."
2) "Here comes the policeman,the big friendly policeman,P.C McGarry No.452.
Lost dogs,thick fogs,or don't know what to do ?
Then get the policeman,the big friendly policeman,P.C McGarry No.452"
3) "They've got the policeman,the big friendly policeman,P.C McGarry No.452.
Swarming bees in the trees.Swarming people too.
They've got the policeman,the big friendly policeman,P.C McGarry No.452"
4) "Here comes the policeman,the big friendly policeman,P.C Mcgarry No.452.
Workmen seen on the Green,what are they going to do ?
They'll tell the policeman,the big friendly policeman,P.C McGarry No.452"
Decent bits of kit always standout in kids' memories.And,fortunately for Mr.Crockett, he spent a fair bit of his screen time in his tow truck,so we got to see some nice winch action.
Which was perhaps just as well,as his garage was somewhat of a disappointment really.No car wash,no hydraulic lift,or anything else to capture the imagination quite frankly.
But he does have the added distinction of being the only Camberwick character that appears in Trumpton in a role other than a passive bystander.And not even Windy can claim that.
" If your car is needing petrol.If your van has broken down.If your motorcycle engine starts to stick.
Then go to Crockett's Garage, to Mr.Crockett's Garage,he will do the work and he'll do it very quick.
Fill her up,fill her up the petrol pumps are working.Pump them up,pump them up,you know what tyres are.
Hurry up,hurry up there is no time for shirking,if you want a very super sort of car."
He "gets all his milk and butter from Farmer Bell" (except for the occasion when Windy has to step in to bale him out of course ).And on his Saturday morning round he's helped out by Paddy Murphy. Milk float No family's mentioned and he shares the monolithic Dairy with just a black cat called Tabitha.
Not greatly used but,like Peter the Postman,he's a useful link character because he can obviously crop up virtually anywhere and no explanation's needed.
Sadly he's also the recipient of one of the limpest songs.
Maybe it's just me,but I can't help feeling that as glass "chinks",maybe it could've been rhymed with "drink",which then would've......Anyhow,this is what we actually got. Did it "jingle" your "jang" ?
" Here comes the milkman,Thomas Tripp the milkman.
Can you hear the milkman with his jangle,jingle,jang ?
What does it matter if the bottles make a clatter,
one doesn't want to chatter over "jangle,jingle,jang."
No van,not even a trolley for this postie.Just good old-fashioned legwork with a trusty sack "upon his back".A fairly peripheral figure,he appears quite a lot but doesn't get too involved.But he's a good narrative link character like the milkman and it's no coincidence that he's chosen to take us on the introductory tour of Camberwick in the very first episode.
No family mentioned and we don't get to see where he lives.Excellent little tune though,helped in no small measure by some jaunty whistling which any small kid always finds irresistible. 2 versions........
1) " Peter the Postman is a very busy man.He empties the boxes as quickly as he can.
He puts all the letters in a great big sack and whistles as he marches with his load upon his back."
2) " Peter the Postman is a very busy man,delivering the letters as quickly as he can.
He carries them with care inside his great big sack,and whistles as he marches with his load upon his back."
A quite remarkable salesman is our Mr.Dagenham,and his song tells you all you need to know about why he's driving around in a sports car and not in a Del Boy 3-wheeler.Not that there's any hint of the spiv about him of course as this is Trumptonshire and not Peckham.Although we never actually find out if he actually lives in the County. His best customer is Farmer Bell,who can't resist a nice new bit of machinery.
"Our Mr. Dagenham he can sell anything,anything,anything money can buy.
A tea set,or a jacket,a pram,or tennis racket,a telly or a toaster,a trumpet or a trike,
an overcoat,a motor boat,a holiday in Africa,a bathtub or a button,a bugle or a bike.
Our Mr.Dagenham he can sell anything,anything,anything money can buy."
In his own episode,he also tries to interest Farmer Bell & Cptn.Snort in a helicopter (no sale !),so we also get this ditty ...
"Helicopter,helicopter,riding so high,whirling,churring,sweeping the sky.
Over the house tops and over the trees,you'll fly like the birds and you'll buzz like the bees."
The film "Mary Poppins" came out in cinemas a year before production on Camberwick started and clearly influenced this characters' appearance.Although Dick Van Dyke's 'cockernee' and 'chim-chim-cheroo' are both sadly absent.
Question - What mode of transport do you give a Victorian sweep ? Well,a motorbike of course.
You'd have thought he'd get a plain hand cart like the one Raggy Dan has in Trumpton.But it's maybe just as well he didn't,because it's his bike and clothing that most people tend to remember about him.
If you check out the Camberwick page you'll also see that there's a continuity issue about whether he lives in Windy's cookhouse or Windy pops round to do his cooking at Roger's ! And there's also some doubt who he shares his downtime with -see "characters mentioned but not seen" further down this page.
" Sweep all.
Here comes Roger Varley as black as a crow,
to sweep all your chimneys which stand in a row.
Big chimneys,small chimneys,low chimneys,tall chimneys,chimneys so straight and chimneys awry,
with his rods,brush and sack and his suit shiney black,he'll whirl and twirl his brush up the flues to the sky.
He's really the only elderly person in Camberwick.Although how old is anyone's guess.
In keeping with his profession it's probably unsurprising that we're told his family has a sea-faring past.Although we never get see any current family.
He enjoys fishing -again,no surprise there.He likes to visit old friend,Windy for a chat and some cider,and also uses his maritime knowledge to teach geography to the boys at Pippin Fort.A trip he makes in a vehicle that's a dead-ringer for the one the Minton's use in Trumpton.
" Fresh fish,fine fresh fish.
Prawns,crabs,crayfish and lobster in green parsley and set upon a slab.
Fresh fish,fine fresh fish."
Pippin Fort :-
We're told is "A military academy.A school for boys who want to be soldiers". And used by the following....
Captain Snort is the man in charge and is the only one who gets his own song.He also has the slightly bizarre distinction of being the only T3 character with teeth on show -2 buck teeth to be precise.And is suitably straight-backed and matter-of-fact as you'd expect.
"Captain Snort is a soldier man.Scarlet and gold a soldier man.
He'll work a boy as hard as he can,to turn him into a soldier man.
Captain Snort is a soldier man who lives in Pippin Fort."
When not on duty,he likes to help out Mr.Crockett at the Garage.
The 6 boys under him,who all have the rank of "Private",are messrs Armitage, Featherby, Higgins, Hopwood, Lumley and Meek. (and as they all look the same,here's just a group photo)
Character development is patchy,but we do pick up a few things about them along the way...
Higgins is "the smartest boy on parade"
Meek is caught "daydreaming" on parade once and gets embroiled in a brief storyline with Mrs.Honeyman's baby.
Armitage is "the best swimmer" and appears in diver's gear during a Chigley episode.
But the biggest role goes to Lumley in the Mr.Murphy episode,where despite not knowing his left from his right, he turns out to be "a born baker" and becomes Mickey's "part-time helper"
There's also an un-named bugler who always sounds "morning parade",occasionally sounds the "alarm" and sometimes answers the phone -all from within the confines of the fort's front-right turret.But,strangely,it's Sergeant Major Grout who does any bugling that's required outside the Fort ie.in the Snort episode when they're all at the Green. Collectively,they fulfil exactly the same role the firemen do in Trumpton ie. making themselves available to help anyone in the community who needs it.In between their regular studies,"manouevres" and trips to the swimming pool that is -the last 2 of which are mentioned but never shown.And always using their army truck to get there.
These are the 3 song variations that accompanied them on their travels......
Main truck song.....
"Driving along in an army truck,in a humpity,bumpity army truck.
The people wave to the soldiers brave,who sing and shout as they lurch about.
Oh we are in luck,we will never be stuck in our humpity,bumpity army truck."
1st variation (Mr.Murphy ep)
"Driving along in an army truck in a humpity,bumpity army truck.
Away to the pool,so deep so cool to swim and shout as they splash about.
Oh we are in luck,we will never be stuck in our humpity,bumpity army truck."
2nd variation (Mrs.Honeyman ep)
"Driving along in an army truck,in a humpity,bumpity army truck.
The people wave to the soldiers brave,who sing & shout "we will drive them out.
They will soon be stuck and down on their luck in their battered old,spattered old workmen's truck."
To round things off,we have these 3 un-named characters.
Their main appearance is in Mrs Honeyman's episode.But they also feature collectively in the Roger Varley episode,as well as being useful crowd scene infill elsewhere.
The workmen are kitted out identically to Mr.Crockett,Mr.Wantage & Fred in Trumpton and Messrs. Gubbins & Sneed in Chigley.So if one of them turned up on your doorstep you'd be hard-pressed to know whether you were having your drive dug up,car towed,phone checked or bin emptied.But,at least they did always manage to turn up,which clearly demonstrates what a utopian reality Trumptonshire really was.
Reliable maybe,but no songs for this peripheral threesome.Although their truck features prominently in all 3 series and is discussed on the oddballs page -along with a possible twin for one of them !
Well,it's just one unattributed song in the Captain Snort episode actually.
".....every wednesday as regular as clockwork......at the bottom of Mr. Carraway's garden is a stream.And there's nothing nicer than a quiet afternoon spent fishing"
It's a group activity featuring Carraway,Snort,Murphy and Windy,with Doc Mopp taking photos.And it features the only song in the series that isn't directly attributable to a specific character.
A really languid,summer's afternoon tune,and certainly out of keeping with the usual jaunty,upbeat tone that most of the others have.......
"Sitting by a stream,fishing.By a summer stream,fishing.
In still deep water where lazy fish flee.Fishing,in the sun."
As you'd imagine by the paucity of lyrics,it's as much an instrumental piece as anything.Short and really quite sweet,and as near a nod to the laid back 60's flower power vibe as we ever get.
Characters mentioned,but never actually seen
The most conspicuous of these was mentioned by Mr.Crockett in the PC McGarry episode.
Brian Cant says....."Mr.Crockett shows him (McGarry) a car which he has just repaired.A very nasty dent in the wing.Mr.Dagenham did it avoiding little Tom Ranger,who ran into the road after his ball.It could have been a nasty accident".
In the same episode,McGarry asks Windy if "Dr.Mopp's nephews have been fishing up here without a license"
"The vet" is mentioned by Farmer Bell in the Dr.Mopp episode.
In Mr.Murphy's episode,Farmer Bell discusses an order on the phone with Private Lumley,who's helping out at the Bakery (ineptly !)-"......6 walnut cakes.I'm giving a party for my farm hands and I always give them walnut cake.It's their favourite and they come to expect it "
So Farmer Bell's clearly not that mechanised that he can dispense with help altogether. Although how many he employs obviously depends on how far he can make "6 walnut cakes" go.
And yet more characters mentioned but never seen......
In the Peter the Postman episode,Mrs.Honeyman tells Mickey Murphy ".....and talking of currant loaves,did I ever tell you of the time Mrs.Varley tried to make a currant loaf....."
And later in the same episode -again Mrs.Honeyman but this time to Postman Pete.....
".....and talking of babies,have you heard Mrs.Varley's cat has just had 10 kittens.."
And to round off the Varley trilogy,we get ,"I promised I'd visit Mrs.Varley's old mother" from Mrs.Murphy to Private Lumley in the Mr.Murphy episode.
So it would appear Roger's married judging by that last one,and his mum-in-law is also still around.
In the PC McGarry episode we're told "...that the boys at the end of the village were fighting over a cricket bat"
Fighting ?! Surely some mistake.Although at least they weren't fighting with a cricket bat I suppose.And perhaps that's why most of the kids only merited an off screen mention -clearly nothing but a bunch of ruffians and scallywags.
Presumably this next inductee isn't one of them- a reference by the ever useful Mrs.Honeyman to Farmer Bell in his own episode "......and ever since Mrs.McGarry's nephew had the jaundice...."
Jaundice ! Oh well,at least it wasn't rickets...."a rickety-rackety Auntie's boy" perhaps ? (Sorry.Bad taste.But simply couldn't resist it)
The clown that appears in the closing credits sequence.
Why a clown ? Well,why not I suppose ? As they were still universally recognised by young children back in the 60's. Although I do remember wondering whether he'd appeared in the series somewhere and I'd simply missed him.And I can't have been the only one.
We didn't of course. So it's probably stretching it a bit to even call him a "character".Assuming you discount an old 1966 theory put forward by my older brother that it was just one of the other characters dressing up to earn a few extra bob.
Which was probably taken at face value at the time.........and very hard to disprove even now !