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Arnold Woodley & his musicians 1974 outside the Jubilee

  • BCA - 2017.1145
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  • 1974

Arnold Woodley and his musicians outside the Jubilee Inn in the Market Square in 1973. Frank Purslow on melodeon, Andrew Bathe on fiddle and Arnold on fiddle playing for the Bampton Morris Men

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Letter accepting invitation to Morris Party by Pete Cock and Vic Legg 1981

  • BCA - 2017.270
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  • 1981

A letter from Vic Legg to Dave Rose accepting the invitation to attend the Bampton Traditional Morris Men's party November 1981 along with Pete Cock. About 1980/1 Trigg Morris were guests on Bampton's day of dance. They will be coming up from Bodmin in Cornwall. Pete and Vic were members of Trigg Morris in Bodmin, Cornwall.

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List of Bampton Traditional Morris Men c1981

  • BCA - 2017.288
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  • c1981

This is a list of Bampton Traditional Morris Men c1981 plus people who regularly had a connection with the side. It is hand written by Dave Rose for Francis Shergold but does not have Francis's details on it

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Francis Shergold receives the EFDSS gold badge. Obituaries of Francis and 'Nibs' Matthews

  • BCA - 2017.328
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  • 1996 - 2008

Francis Shergold spent most of his adult life dancing Bampton Traditional Morris and was the squire of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men for over 50 years. In 1996 he was awarded the gold badge of the English Folk Dance and Song Society at Cecil Sharp House in London. The citation (included here) was read by Derek Schofield; 'Nibs' Matthews (Sydney Alfred Matthews) had the pleasure of pinning the badge on Francis's jacket. Francis gave a heartfelt speech of thanks and had his photograph taken with his beloved wife Ann and his sister Ruth Wheeler and then enjoyed a pint with Nibs. Sadly, now in 2017 both Francis and Nibs are long gone and their obituaries are included in this pdf.

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Bampton Morris Dancers from 1894 to 1950

  • BCA - 2019.1678
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  • 1894-1950

2f. Castle farm. Barn or railway carriage in the farmyard behind the visiting Headington Quarry Morris dancers in 1949. George Hunt is the fool.
2k. Jingy Wells with Bertie Clark, Bill Kimber, Sam Bennett and several named Bampton people.
2o. Early c20th Miss Mary Neal has arranged for Bampton Morris men to dance in London to celebrate May Day.
2p. Bampton Morris outside the Elephant & Castle, c1920s
1894 – the earliest photograph of Bampton Morris dancers. L-R Henry Radband the sword bearer, George Wells/Taylor, Joseph Rouse, probably John Tanner, William Nathan ‘Jingy’ Wells the fool, James Dewe, George Dixey, Thomas William Tanner, Richard Decimus Butler the musician.
1897 Bampton Morris outside the Talbot Inn; the Diamond Jubilee year of Queen Victoria. Back row L-R George Dixey, William Nathan ‘Jingy’ Wells the fool, Robert Dixey, Joseph Rouse, Richard Decimus Butler the musician, Charles Henry Tanner the ragman; seated L-R James Dewe, Henry Radband the sword bearer, George Wells/Taylor, Thomas William Tanner.
Photo 1930 Dancers dancing in the Market Square by the War Memorial
Photo 1930 Dancers in a very wet Shipston-on-Stour June 23rd 1930
Photo 1932 Floods outside the Elephant & Castle. Bertie Clarke the musician, Sam Townsend, Bertie Flux, Ted Lay, Mr Buckingham, Buller Tanner, Jim Buckingham, Arnold Buckingham the fool, Brannan Brooks, and doing the carrying Punner Smith, Frank Woodley, Bert Whitlock, unknown, Bill Lock, Albert Townsend, Frank Woodley Jnr, Mr Pratt and Percy Lane.
Photo 1932 again in the floods with Mr Pratt, Percy Lane, Mr Green, Punner Smith and Albert Townsend carrying Bob Whitlock, Bill Brown, Jingy Wells and others.
1932 newspaper cutting about the floods in Bampton
1935 Morris dancing in Hyde Park
1938 Sam Bennett playing the fiddle at Whitsun and wearing his smock
1946 Dancing at Little Place. Ted Dixey nearest the camera and Jingy Wells on fiddle.
1947 In the grounds of Weald Manor. Jingy Wells on fiddle, his son with the box and cake. Roy Shergold just back on leave from Merchant Navy in uniform.
1948 Dancing outside the Elephant & Castle.
Arthur Dixey changed ready for dancing; he was the father of Ted Dixey.
BA2C69 Shepherd Shadrach Hayden and grandchild. He had a large repertoire of folk songs.
Bertie Clarke on fiddle; L-R George Hunt the fool, Pete & Rex Wheeler the twins in the middle, Francis Shergold nearest the camera, and Harry Hampton with Bertie Clarke on fiddle.
Bertie Clarke on fiddle, nobody else in the picture.
Bill Hall in bowler hat with the fertility cake and collecting box.
C1914 dancing outside the Elephant & Castle with outbuildings of Castle View farm in the background.
Boys of the Royal Ballet School wearing Morris Dancing outfits rehearsing for Folk Festival to take place at the Royal Albert Hall.
C1912 Henry Radband with the cake.
Two pictures mounted – top picture L-R Henry Radband with the cake, Bob Dixey, George Dixey, David Edginton the fool, Arthur Dixey (father or Ted), Phil Dewe, Thomas ‘Buscot’ Tanner, Jingy Wells the musician, Charles ‘Cocky’ Tanner. Bottom picture, painted, taken early 1950s.
img019 Taken c1900 and taken from the WI album. Back row L-R Harry Radband sword bearer, Jingy Wells with the fiddle, David Edginton the fool (mis-spelt on the picture), Charles ‘Cocky’ Tanner. Seated L-R Tom Tanner, Bob Dixey, Philip Dewe, Arthur Dixey, Brannan Brooks and Joe Rouse.
img437 With Monday 1927 outside the Elephant & Castle.
img590 Dancing outside Little Place
img619 1921 dancing at The Hall in Longworth.
img842 Ladies country dancing at the Charlbury Flower Show labelled The Bampton Folk Dancing Troupe.
img842 Bampton dancers June 22nd 1929 dancing at a very wet Shipston-on-Stour fair.
Outside Haytor House in 1927, L-R Jingy Wells musician (occasionally called Jinky), Bill Brown, Bill Dewe, Reg Whitlock, Barlow Wells, Bert Whitlock, Jim Buckingham and Arnold Buckingham as fool.
C1911 Jingy Wells on fiddle while they dance in a garden c1911.
June 7th 1897 dancing in the road between the Town Hall and Constables the bakers. L-r George Wells/Taylor, Thomas William Tanner, Joseph Rouse, Robert Dixey, George Dixey, James Dewe. At the rear are Charles Henry Tanner the ragman, Henry Radband the sword bearer, William Nathan ‘Jingy’ Wells the fool and Reichard Decimus Butler the musician. In the crowd everyone is wearing a hat which was the norm if outside at that time.
MO7FC1~1 1911 Jingy on fiddle, Henry Radband with cake, Charles Tanner in doorway his brother Buscot Tanner in No1 position, David Edginton fool at Bampton Manor.
MO46D9 David Edginton as the fool. His brother was killed in WWI.
MO051F Dancing outside the Elephant and Castle in 1947. This picture was used to advertise a make of car.
MOC9A1 Dancing at Weald Manor. Jingy Wells on fiddle & his son Billy with the cake and collecting box.
MOCFA7 Sam Bennett on fiddle
MOF9DA Dancing at Weald Manor with Jingy Wells on fiddle and his son Billy with the cake and collecting box.
Dancing in a garden early C20th
Dancing at Charlbury British Legion Fête.
Morris~8 c1924 dancing in a garden at Longworth.
Morris~9 dancing in a garden at Longworth.
Morris1 L-R Bobby Wells, his father William Nathan ‘Jingy’ Wells and his grandson Ken Wells.
Morris2 – William Wells playing fiddle.
Morris 10 Arnold Woodley nearest the camera dancing in a garden.
Morris11 L-R Arnold Woodley, Ted Dixey, Jingy Wells with his son Bobby Wells with the cake behind him.
Morris14. 1959 the lowest spot for the Morris when only 4 dancers turned out for Whit Monday, Frances & Roy Shergold, John Knight and Pete Allam with Jack Newton from Whitchurch Morris on fiddle and Russell Wortley as the fool.
Morris15 Heading Quarry outside the Elephant & Castle.
c1900-1908 outside the Elephant & Castle
1947 Roy Shergold in sailor's uniform Morris Dancing with names to people Francis Shergold, Bob Whitlock, Ted Dixey, Jingy Wells, Joe Pettifer, Reg Whitlock, Roy Shergold and George Dafter as the fool. Some in the crowd include Emmie & Tom Papworth, George Hunt, Raymond Paintin and Harry Green.
Sam Bennett with fiddle wearing a smock and a young Emmie Bishop who became Emmie Papworth.
Sam Bennett in the road in his smock, 3 old cars behind him.
Sam Bennett sharpening a scythe. Sam used to walk all the way from Wilmington to help play for the Morris and stayed with Albert and Mary Elizabeth Townsend at Castle Farm. To earn his keep he’d stay on for a while helping to cut the grass for hay.
Albert Dixey dressed to dance by his garden gate in Ducklington.
Untitl~9 Dancing outside the Horse Shoe before the 1925 fire.
Untitl~12 David Edginton dressed as the fool.
Untitl22 Hand written family tree including members of the Wells, Radband and Taylor families.
Jingy Well in the clothes he wore for years when playing the fiddle.

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Sam Bennett from Ilmington in Warwickshire

  • BCA - 2019.1801
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  • 1950s

Sam Bennett. He moved to Warwickshire but walked to Bampton to fiddle for the Morris at Whitsun. He would arrive at Mr & Mrs Townsend's Castle Farm on Bridge St and announce 'I be 'ere'. To earn his keep, he'd stay on for a few weeks doing farm work for Mr Townsend.

"The war took away many of the young men, and for the first time in recorded history the Whit Monday performances were suspended during 1917 and 1918. However, Wells had recently taught the dances to a group of men at Alvescot, and on the Whit Monday 1919 two of these stepped into the reformed Bampton set. One stayed only that year, but the older, William Flux, had married a daughter of long-time lead dancer Thomas Tanner, and became the organiser of the team.

This brought him into conflict with Wells - Flux wanted them to dance more at Pubs, Wells at the private houses - and this reached crisis point in 1925. The following year Wells refused to play for them, so both Bertie Clark from Alvescot and Sam Bennett from Ilmington were drafted in to provide music.

In 1927, for the first time in recorded history, two teams appeared on the streets: the old side under Tanner and Flux, and a young side recently raised by Wells. They continued in relatively peaceful co-existence for some years, but by the mid 1930s performances by the Tanner side were more sporadic, with only Wells fielding a team most Whit Mondays.

The final appearance by the Tanner team was in 1941, and it was left to Wells to keep it going during the war, and beyond." Keith Chandler

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William Nathan 'Jingy' Wells playing the fiddle in 1923

  • BCA - 2019.1847
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  • 1923

William Nathan 'Jingy' Wells danced, fooled and played the fiddle for Bampton Morris from the late nineteenth century and well into the twentieth.
In this picture he is seen with his fiddle.
The hat, waistcoat, trousers and socks (odd socks) are still cared for by the Bampton Traditional Morris Men.

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Fete at Weald Manor to raise funds for new floor in St Mary's

  • BCA - 2019.1965
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  • June 1960

This is a newspaper article from the Oxford Times June 10th 1960 which talks about the fete held at Weald Manor by kind permission of Mrs A.M. Colvile and her son Major R.A. Colvile. It was to raise funds for the renewal of part of the floor inside Saint Mary The Virgin Church, specifically the parquet flooring across the front of the aisles by the pulpit and lectern.
It was Whit Monday, the day of Morris Dancing in Bampton (until the government stopped Whit Monday being a Bank Holiday and fixed it at the last Monday in May with may or not be Whit Monday) and the dancers called at the Fete.

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