Item BCA - 2018.1524 - Arnold Woodley, Morris Dancer, teacher of Morris and musician

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BCA - 2018.1524

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Arnold Woodley, Morris Dancer, teacher of Morris and musician

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  • c1940 to 1983 (Creation)

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Arnold Woodley was a Morris dancer and teacher of the dances. He was also a musician who played the fiddle.
MO0FF9 Arnold Woodley's team the Bampton Morris Men, bagman with the cake in 1974
MO1105 Arnold Woodley's team, known as Bampton Morris Men outside Gothurst in 1977
MO463B 1927 outside Haytor House in Lavender Square. Left to right:- William Nathan Wells (known as Jingy or Jinky) on fiddle, Bill Brown, Bill Dewe, Reg Whitlock, Barlow Wells, Bert Whitlock, Jim Buckingham, Arnold Buckingham fool.
MO6653 Taken in Glebelands, possibly early 1970s. Arnold Woodley on fiddle (wearing a straw hat) and possibly Chris Bartram on the other fiddle. Robin Connaughton on the right
MOC8D7 Bampton Morris Men. Arnold Woodley playing the fiddle outside the Talbot, c1980s
MO9C90 Bampton Morris Men. From the left, Arnold Woodley on fiddle, Jonathan Pearman on fiddle and Frank Purslow on melodeon.
BA4E48 Arnold Woodley, squire of the Bampton Morris Men enjoying a drink.
BA9716 Son Townsend, Morris fool with Arnold Woodley's team the Bampton Morris Men.
BA1127 Women's Institute Christmas Party in the WI Hall, (now the Village Hall) in 1974. Seen here are Arnold and Win Woodley
MO3E8F Wyn Woodley on the extreme left with the boys' side that Arnold Woodley ran
line of Morris men Morris dancers circa 1929. Arnold Buckingham was fool when William Nathan 'Jingy' Wells raised his new team in 1927, but the Buckinghams went over to the Tanner side after a couple of years, then George Smith became the fool for several years and George is the fool in this picture. Jingy has the fiddle and the dancers are all youngsters that he trained for his new team. The fiddler George Smith was known by the nick-name Punch Smith.
Morris10 Morris Dancers 1948 with Arnold Woodley centre front.
Fiddler Arnold Woodley playing the fiddle.
A57 Arnold Woodley's side outside the George & Dragon early 1970. Arnold on fiddle and Frank Purslow on melodeon.
A58 Arnold Woodley's boys' team outside the New Inn. Frank Purslow on melodeon 1972.
A59 Arnold Woodley's side outside the George and Dragon. Frank Purslow on melodeon and Arnold Woodley on fiddle.
A107 Arnold Woodley on the left. He was squire of the Bampton Morris men.
A120 Arnold Woodley's Junior Morris Dancers at Berinsfield carnival. 'Witney Gazette', September 6th 1973.
A123 Morris. Part of article and photos on Arnold Woodley who has been a Morris Dancer for 50 years. 'Witney Gazette' August 4th 1988.
A124 Part of an article in 'Witney Gazette' August 4th 1988 celebrating Arnold Woodley's 50 years of Morris Dancing.
B0007 Extracts from Arnold Woodley's diaries - details refer to 1950.
B0008 Extracts from Arnold Woodley's diaries detailing the people he has taught to dance thoroughly.
B0034 Bob Woodley (named on Bampton War Memorial) in WW1 uniform. Brother of Ada Tanner. Arnold Woodley's uncle.
A525 A typed record of the dancers that Arnold Woodley trained. Donated by Keith Chandler.
A527 Title page of 'The Circular' reporting on the funeral of Arnold Woodley.
A528 Obituary for Arnold Woodley from 'Circular' magazine, April 1995.
A1056 1927 Bampton Morris dancers in Lavender Square outside Haytor House in Lavender Square. L-R William Nathan 'Jingy' Wells the leader today called the squire (musician), Bill Brown, Bill Dewe, Reg Whitlock, Barlow Wells, Bert Whitlock, Jim Buckingham, Arnold Buckingham (fool).
img498 Arnold Woodley’s team Arnold Woodley's team of Morris Dancers
img174a Saga of Bampton Morris Newspaper cutting from Dec. 9th 1971. Something of a rant by Frank Purslow, who had lived in Bampton for only 12 years, regarding the various teams of Morris dancers through the previous 70 years. Frank was a little bitter with the Shergold team because he'd gone to Ireland with them on tour in 1968 but at the last minute, Reg Hall also went on the tour so Frank was not the only musician. Frank was not the primary musician the following Whitsun after which he encouraged Arnold Woodley to start a second team. These facts need to be born in mind when reading the article. Latterly Frank regretted writing this, especially after Bobby Wells, Jingy's son, went down to Primrose Cottages and tore him off a strip. How not to win friends and influence people. That said, there is much (historical) truth in what he says.

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