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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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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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Letter from Cecil Sharp House to Rose Wells on death of Nathan 'Jingy' Wells

  • BCA - 2019.2100
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  • November 1953

This letter is from the chairman of Cecil Sharp House, Douglas Kennedy to Rose Wells who lived at 18 Fox Close in Bampton. It was to thank Rose for the letter she sent informing them of her grandfather's death. Nathan William 'Jingy' Wells was responsible for keeping Morris dancing alive in Bampton at one time in the early twentieth century.

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Letter from Frank Purslow to the Witney Gazette

  • BCA - 2019.2177
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  • 1970s

Frank Purslow was not only an excellent melodeon player, he taught many local people as well. He also had a wonderful catalogue of music gathered throughout his life. It was shocking to see it all put outside the gate of his house after his death for the bin men to pick up. A little was rescued but the vast majority was thrown away. The letter from Frank shown here was a follow-on from one sent the week before and the text will explain all.

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Obituaries for Colin Harold Bathe and David John Titchener

  • BCA - 2020.2368
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  • 2011

Colin Harold Bathe died on May 8th 2011 at the age of seventy three. His close friend David John Titchener, widely known as Curly, preceded him by just a few months dying at the age of seventy six on January 20th 2011. Both were well known in the area around their home town of Swindon for numerous activities relating to sports and motorised vehicles, but it is their involvement with traditional music, Morris dancing and song for which they will be remembered by Bampton people.

The article gives you far more information about these two men.

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May Bank Holiday Morris Dancing 1997

  • BCA - 2020.2406
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  • May 1997

The photographs were all taken by Bob West who carried the cake for the Morris for very many years. They are all of the May Bank Holiday 1997 Morris Dancing

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Morris Dancing Spring Bank Holiday 2000

  • BCA - 2020.2409
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  • 2000

These photographs, all taken by Bob West at the Spring Bank Holiday day of Morris Dancing 2000. All but the last two are Tony Daniels' morris side, (now at 2020 under Craig Godwin). The next to last picture is of Sherbourne Morris and the last picture is Eynsham Morris, both guests of the local side.

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Spring Bank Holiday Weekend 2004

  • BCA - 2020.2410
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  • 2004

These pictures all taken by Bob West, were taken in 2004. Many are taken in the garden of the Horse Shoe. Some of the people in the pictures include
Bob West
Ted Poole
Billy Main
Mary Cook & brother Tommy Tanner
Tony Daniels
Dave Rose
Ann & Francis Shergold
Clare Hall
Maurice New
Jasper Walsh
Reg Hall
Jim Buckingham
Heather David (at Tickhill)
Eric Stott
Ivy Poole
Carole New
Liz Rose
Roger West

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Spring Bank Holiday Morris Dancing 2004

  • BCA - 2020.2411
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  • 2004

These photographs, all taken by Bob West are of the Tony Daniels' morris side in 2004. People in the pictures include
Craig Godwin - who became squire after Tony
Margaret Barnes
Liz Rose
Marian Rouse
Bob West
Andrew West
Brian Rouse
Roger West
Toby Perry
Martin Landray
Ted Poole
Ivy Poole

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