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February 23rd 1974 Letter from Arnold Woodley to all his team

  • BCA - 2017.1069
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  • February 23rd 1974

Trevor Hewett wrote"I was one of those who received Arnold's 'copy to each' letter. We had been to dance at The Albert Hall. Friday night, Saturday matinee and Saturday night performances, followed by an all-night session in t...

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William Nathan 'Jingy' Wells, playing his fiddle and a close look at his clothes

  • BCA - 2018.1312
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  • first half nineteen hundreds

Jingy Wells, real name William Nathan Wells danced for many years and played the fiddle for even more. His first fiddle he made from a large corned beef tin for a sound box and a broom handle. He was completely self taught. After an eye infecti...

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Newspaper cuttings from 1958 to 1973

  • BCA - 2018.1363
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  • 1958 1973

These newspaper cuttings are from 1958 to 1973 and are of very mixed topics. They cover:- ghosts of Bampton and the story of the great shirt race; Mr & Mrs Blaine licensee of the Talbot; Paul Bovington with his dog Crackers; Mrs Lucy Martin l...

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Terry, Janet, Keith and Brian Rouse May 29th 2013

  • BCA - 2017.1061
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  • May 29th 2013

Terry Rouse came to live in Bampton in 1943 aged 9. His father Reg Rouse had been farming in Somerset at Upper Langford and George Collins had a field next to the farm where Reg was working. George bought Weald farm and advertised for a farm man...

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Old Folk's Memories collected by Lloyd Hughes Owens in the 1970s

  • BCA - 2018.1364
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  • C20th

Lloyd Hughes Owens, headmaster of the National School in Church View up to its closure when the new school opened in 1960 was keen to capture the knowledge and thoughts of the 'Old Folks' of Bampton and this pdf is the result. It covers...

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Terry Rouse and 'The Italian Job'

  • BCA - 2018.1384
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  • 1980s

When Francis Shergold's Bampton Traditional Morris Men went to dance in Italy in 1978 they learnt a new dance. When they went to do the dance on Whit Monday in Bampton, Terry Rouse couldn't remember the name they'd given to the dan...

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Old Time Bampton People by Lloyd Hughes Owens

  • BCA - 2018.1365
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  • 1970s

This album of 'Old Time Bampton People' was put together by Lloyd Hughes Owens in the 1970s. It's a wonderful collection of photographs and text covering topics and people - Bampton Fire Brigade; Morris dancers; William Nathan ...

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William 'Bill' Ernest John Daniels. 1934 to December 2013

  • BCA - 2018.1355
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  • 1934 2013

Bill took a full part in the life of Bampton. He was a Morris dancer with Francis Shergold's side, the Bampton Traditional Morris Men. Just after WWII when he was 12 years old, he was one of the group of young boys along with Ted Hunt who g...

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Spring Bank Holiday Morris Dancing 1991

  • BCA - 2018.1333
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  • 1991

These pictures were taken in 1991 and record both Alec Wixey's and Francis Shergold's Morris sides dancing in Bampton.

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Whit Monday Morris Dancing in Bampton 1986

  • BCA - 2018.1331
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  • 1986

These photograph record the Morris practice on the Sunday and then the dancing on Whit Monday in 1986 or both Alec Wixey's side and Francis Shergold's side.

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Whit Monday Morris Dancing Bampton 1985

  • BCA - 2018.1330
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  • 1985

These black and white photographs were taken on a miserably wet Whit Monday in 1985. There are pictures of Francis Shergold's side and Alec Wixey's. If anyone knows why Francis' side was dancing at Lavender Place flat in mufty I&#...

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Terry Rouse, fool for Bampton Traditional Morris Dancers

  • BCA - 2018.1323
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  • 1987

Terry Rouse began dancing for Francis Shergold's Bampton Traditional Morris Dancers in 1964. Roy Shergold was the fool at that time but when he retired, Terry took over and this is a picture of Terry in his smock and hat taken in 1987.

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Memories of the members of the Darby and Joan Club compiled in 1962

  • BCA - 2018.1319
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  • 1962

The Darby and Joan Club was for those who were 60 and over. In 1962 they made a scrapbook of members' memories. Topics covered include:- Morris dancing; Whitsuntide Garlands; the Mummers; Bampton Fair; Bampton Fire Brigade; Church, Chapel a...

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Bobby Wells gives his father's fiddle to Reg Hall 1973

  • BCA - 2018.1314
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  • 1973

William Nathan 'Jingy' Wells, 1868-1953, played the fiddle as well as both dancing and fooling for the Bampton Morris for very many years. In these two photographs taken on Bank Holiday Monday 1973 his son Bobby is seen donating Jingy&#...

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Arnold Woodley with some of his Morris musicians

  • BCA - 2018.1313
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  • 1970 onwards

Arnold Woodley started a side again in 1970 and over the following years, several men played with and for him. These pictures show Brendan Cassidy, Frank Purslow and Andrew Bathe with Arnold.

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Francis Shergold talks about playing with Jingy Wells, 1987

  • BCA - 2017.1308
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  • 1987

In this sound recording Francis Shergold talks about going round to Jingy Wells' house and playing melodian with him. 'Coming Thru' The Rye' is played at the end. Total length 1 min 30 secs.

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Bampton Traditional Morris Men dance Maid of The Mill, 1987

  • BCA - 2017.1307
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  • 1987

This recording of Bampton Traditional Morris Men dancing Maid of The Mill was made in 1987. It is preceded by Francis Shergold explaining that in his early days of dancing with Jingy Wells and the team, there was no pre-arranged rota for visitin...

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Francis Shergold tells whose dancing style he copied

  • BCA - 2017.1305
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  • 1987

Francis Shergold tells whose dancing style he liked very much and copied when he was learning to dance. Then we hear the Bampton Traditional Morris men dancing to Foggy Dew, one day in 1987. The recording lasts 3 mins.

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Sound file of Constant Billy being played in 1987

  • BCA - 2017.1304
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  • 1987

This is a sound file of Constant Billy being played on the melodeon in 1987 for the Bampton Traditional Morris Men, early on Bank Holiday Monday while the dancers were in New Road.

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Photographs of William Nathan "Jingy" Wells

  • BCA - 2017.1303
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  • 1950-2014

Four of these five photo show William Nathan "Jingy" Wells and the clothing he wore when playing and dancing. There's a picture of him sitting next to William Kimber and one of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men dancing Greeny Up a...

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Bampton Morris Men 2016

  • BCA - 2017.1223
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  • May 30th 2016

This side is the Bampton Morris Men, dancing on Whit Monday May 30th 2016. Their Squire is Mathew Green who also plays the fiddle and in one photograph is seen dancing while playing, which is some Jingy Wells did in the early days of the C20th.

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Ada Tanner, Albert & Florence, around 1915-16

  • BCA - 2017.1204
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  • 1915-1916

This postcard was lent to the Archive by John Broxholme, who is a descendant. John said "As you can see the picture is well worn, but at least it survived as long as it did in France. Remarkably the creases have managed to miss the faces! ...

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Service of Remembrance for Ray Borrett April 1944 - May 2017

  • BCA - 2017.1150
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  • June 21st 2017

Ray Borrett played a full part in the life of Bampton. A Morris Dancer with the Bampton Traditional Morris Men for 50 years, a keen gardener at home and on his allotment, scientist, barn dance caller for many years, keen member of CAMERA and more...

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Alec Wixey with Roy Hewitt

  • BCA - 2017.1140
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  • 1980s

Alec Wixey on the left with Roy Hewitt Morris dancing with Bampton Morris Men

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Morris pictures over several decades

  • BCA - 2017.381
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  • 1932 to 2000

This collection of photographs was found in an outbuilding behind the Horse Shoe pub. They range from Reg Hall playing the fiddle, Francis Shergold play the melodeon, the Bampton Traditional Morris side c1970, c1995 and 1966 and on the steps of t...

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Kit Jackson's photograph collection

  • BCA - 2017.1126
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  • twentieth century

These photographs were part of the collection belonging to Kit Jackson; they are of her family, Morris Men, work colleagues, buildings, billeted soldiers in Bampton, pigeon fancier, friends, school classes and the mystery tours she used to arrange...

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Morris Dancing, possibly 1913

  • BCA - 2017.1128
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  • c1913

These photographs are very likely to have been taken in 1913. The fiddler dancing a jig to his own playing is William Nathan Wells, better known as Jingy."If those photos are 1913 it makes some sense, given that the collector Clive Carey was...

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May 29th 2016 Morris Dancing

  • BCA - 2017.1109
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  • May 29th 2016

The Bampton Traditional Morris men and Bampton Morris Men May 29th 2016 plus some of the visiting teams.

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Bampton Traditional Morris Dancing May Bank Holiday May 25th 2015

  • BCA - 2017.1065
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  • May 25th 2015

The Bampton Traditional Morris Men dancing in the morning of May 25th 2015 as far as Ham Court. I didn't follow them beyond this venue so was not able to record the remainder of the day.

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Morris Dancing Day May 30th 2011

  • BCA - 2017.1017
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  • May 30th 2011

On a rather wet May Bank Holiday Monday, these photographs pretty well document the day of the Bampton Traditional Morris side dancing, but not all venues were photographed. There are a few photos of visiting sides and some of children watching.

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Morris Dancing on Bank Holiday Monday June 4th 2012

  • BCA - 2017.1008
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  • June 4th

Bampton Traditional Morris Men dancing on June 4th. I was only able to capture the early morning dancing but did make a film of the day's dancing which you can see at https://youtu.be/7hxrQ-c6-7Y

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Morris Dancing May 25th 2009 Bank Holiday

  • BCA - 2017.927
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  • May 25th 2009

Bank Holiday Monday 2009. The Bampton Traditional Morris Dancers start their day of dancing at 8.30am and apart from a stop for lunch and tea they dance through the day until around 8.30pm. After tea, their guests, usually three contrasting Morri...

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Morris Clothing belonging to William Nathan 'Jingy' Wells

  • BCA - 2017.902
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  • first half twentieth century

These are photographs of the trouser, waistcoat, jacket, hat and odd socks that William Nathan 'Jingy' Wells used to wear when fiddling for the Bampton Morris in the first half of the twentieth century.

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Obituary for Frank Tanner, wife of Vera, father of Janet Newman and Jean

  • BCA - 2017.857
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  • 1980

Frank Tanner, someties called Perky was the youngest son of 'Buscot' Tanner died at his home in Colvile Close aged 85 on November 10th 1980. Frank emigrated to Australia before WWI, was called up into the Australian Army in WWI and was ...

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Morris Traditional Morris Men plan trip to America

  • BCA - 2017.361
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  • 1975

This newspaper clipping records the intention of the Bampton Traditional Morris side to dance in America. Sadly, it did not happen but they did do quite a bit of fundraising, one of the fund raisers being this 50-50 auction to be held on Septembe...

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Bampton's Horse fair, fun fair, host to a big tour of many Morris sides

  • BCA - 2017.753
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  • August 25th 1972

The date of August 25th 1972 is the date the newspaper article was published but Ethel Moss recalls “In the early part of the twentieth century, the fair in the Market Square was not the main attraction, it was the Horse Fair. A little before 6pm...

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Articles about Bampton from 1954, 1971 and 1975 and one probably before WWII

  • BCA - 2017.733
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  • 1954-1975

These articles cover the topics of the nightly curfew, no mains drainage, Morris Dancing, the railway station which is two miles away, Count Munster, Air Marshall Sir Roderick Carr, Air Commodore A S Ellerton ADC to the King, Miss Taunt organist f...

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The Ghost of Bampton. July 8th 1960

  • BCA - 2017.732
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  • July 8th 1960

The article is about Bampton in general but the writer, Peter Sykes of Oxford Times collected a ghost story while in Bampton. He talks about the reduction in men working the land and working locally. Marjorie Pollard commented that there were 10...

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Old Time Bampton People by Lloyd Hughes Owens

  • BCA - 2017.702
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  • c1973

About 1973 Lloyd Hughes Owens made an album about some of the old people in Bampton with photographs and text. This is the album

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May Bank Holiday Morris dancing Monday 2004

  • BCA - 2017.614
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  • 2004

On May Bank Holiday Monday the Bampton Traditional Morris Men danced from 8.30am until approximately 8.30pm with stops for lunch and tea. After tea, the three visiting teams join in the dancing bringing new music and styles to the day.

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Obituary for Frank Tanner, died November 10th 1980

  • BCA - 2017.560
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  • November 10th 1980

Frank Tanner was the last of the Tanner family to dance Bampton Morris. For many generations prior to WWII the Tanner family was one of the main stays of the side. Thomas Tanner, born c1770, his son Charles born 1816 were dancers and his son, an...

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Program of dancing in Bampton on Spring Bank Holiday 25.5.81

  • BCA - 2017.321
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  • May 25th 1981

This is a list of the venues and times where Bampton Traditional Morris Men will dance on Spring Bank Holiday May 25th 1981. The guest teams will be Abingdon Morris and Old Spot (Cheltenham.)

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Letters from Garstang Morris Dancers re coming to dance in Bampton in 1982

  • BCA - 2017.258
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  • January and March 1982

A letter dated January 1982 from Roger Edwards the squire of Garstang Morris Dancers asking if the invitation to dance in Bampton on Bampton's day of dance was still extant and a second letter dated March 1982 confirming their delight at the ...

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Capital Share Acc. with Anglia for Bampton Traditional Morris Men

  • BCA - 2017.297
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  • July 12th 1978 to April 30th 1983

In the heady days when the Anglia Building Society was offering 14.64% gross for their Capital Share Account, the Bampton Traditional Morris Men had their money in such an account from July 12th 1978 to April 30th 1983. It was a good job our danc...

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Dance venues of Bampton Traditional Morris Men May 25th 1981

  • BCA - 2017.278
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  • May 25th 1981

Each year, the Bampton Traditional Morris Men produce a sheet detailing the venues where they will be dancing and the times they expect to be at each one. This is the list for 1981

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Letter from Derek Schofield to Dave Rose May 14th 1981

  • BCA - 2017.279
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  • May 14th 1981

This letter from Derek Schofield to Dave Rose contained pictures taken by Derek and in the letter he asks Dave to give certain pictures to certain people. I do not have copies of the photographs to go with this letter.

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