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Morris Dancing in the Market Square 1897

  • BCA - 2021.2561
  • Item
  • 1897

This is one of the earliest photograph of the Bampton Morris Men taken in 1897, Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee year.
The dancers are
George Wells/Taylor
Thomas William Tanner
Joseph Rouse
Robert Dixey
George Dixey
James Dewe
Charles Henry Tanner, ragman
Henry Radband, sword carrier
William Nathan Wells, fool, known as Jingy
Richard Decimus Butler, musician

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Morris Dancing, possibly 1913

  • BCA - 2017.1128
  • Item
  • 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.

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William Nathan 'Jingy' Wells playing the fiddle in 1923

  • BCA - 2019.1847
  • Item
  • 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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Morris Men outside the Elephant & Castle c1924

  • BCA - 2020.2338
  • Item
  • 1924 or 1925

Bampton Morris dancers c1924/5 outside the Elephant & Castle.

The sign over the pub door says Posting House, Horses, Carriages, Brakes. Personal attention given, Albert Townsend. The 3rd and 4th lines are hard to read which is a pity but it looks like 'For Hire All Trains Met On The Shortest Notice.

On 23rd September 1935 the Townsend family moved across the road to Castle View and made a farm of it having much more room to fatten more pigs.

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Music score for Bampton Morris tunes compiled in 1926

  • BCA - 2020.2468
  • Item
  • 1926

This music score of Bampton Morris Dance tunes was kept and covered by Ada Tanner in 1926. It was passed on to her daughter Vera Elward who has now passed it to her daughter Janet Newman.

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Morris Dancing Clothing worn by Jingy Wells

  • BCA - 2022.3731
  • Part
  • 1930

10 Individual photographs of Morris Dancer's garments worn by Jingy Wells ,
Painting by of Jingy Wells plus fiddle by Bateman

Janet Westman

Bertie Clark on fiddle for Bampton Morris

  • BCA - 2020.2375
  • Item
  • some time between 1926 and 1938

Between 1926 and 1938 Bertie Clark, although not a Bampton man, played for the Bampton Morris Men and he can be seen here on the left. The dancers are on the South side of the Market Square in front of Folly View semi-detached houses.

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Bampton Morris

  • BCA - 2020.2363
  • Item
  • between 1926 and 1938

This picture must have been taken some time between 1926 and 1938 because that was the period when Bertie Clark, seen here on the fiddle, played in Bampton.

They are dancing at the East end of the Market Square.

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