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Son Townsend 50 years a Morris fool; children with garlands

  • BCA - 2021.2610
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  • 1974

In 1974 Son Townsend clocked up 50 years as a Morris Dancer and later Fool in Bampton. He first danced out with the side in 1925. To mark the occasion a clock and silver salver were given to Son.
The young dancers left to right behind Son are (I think?) Clive Tanner, Fred Cook, Mat Green and Malcolm Willis.
The young children with their flower garlands are L-R Tim Waller, Emma Carruthers, Louise Walker and Martin Landray

Nik Stanbridge

May Bank Holiday festivities in Bampton

  • BCA - 2021.2609
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  • 1974

Bampton always has a weekend filled with fun and laughter over the late May Bank Holiday. These cuttings talk about the Shirt Race and the Morris Dancing.
In one of the cuttings you can also read about

  1. An exhibition of Arts and Crafts in the Town Hall
  2. Cancer Research Bampton branch raising funds
  3. The Community Fete organised by the Royal British Legion in the afternoon of Bank Holiday Monday
  4. The Pumpkin Club which held a Tramps' Supper in the Cotswold Hotel on the Saturday night after the Shirt Race

Nik Stanbridge

Morris Dancing in the Market Square 1897

  • BCA - 2021.2561
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  • 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

Bampton Community Archive

Morris Dancing in the Market Square by a visiting side

  • BCA - 2021.2524
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  • 1985

These three photographs are of one of the visiting sides to Bampton in 1985 dancing in the Market Square outside the Village Hall in two pictures and at the West end of the Square in the third picture.

Bampton Community Archive

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.

Bampton Community Archive

Bampton Traditional Morris Men, May 2018

  • BCA - 2020.2464
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  • May 28th 2018

The first picture shows the dancers of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men who were out dancing on May 28th 2018.
Two dancers were unable to dance that day, Martin Landray who broke his ankle two days earlier when taking part in the Shirt Race and Guy Wiseman.
The remaining pictures were taken at many places during the day.

Bampton Community Archive

Bampton Traditional Morris Men 2003

  • BCA - 2020.2442
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  • Spring Bank Holiday Monday 2003

A few photographs taken of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men dancing on Spring Bank Holiday in 2003.
Musician Reg Hall
Dancers Jonny Shuker, Toby Perry, Cyril Smith, Billy Main and Martin Landray. Ray Borrett the fool dancing the fool's jig.

Bampton Community Archive

Shirt Race and Morris Dancing Whitsun 1985

  • BCA - 2020.2441
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  • Whitsun 1985

Over the Bank Holiday weekend at Whitsun 1985. Ian Baker and Ivan Lomas won the fancy dress competition held prior to the Shirt Race. Reg Hall enjoyed a pint between playing on the Monday. Terry Rouse danced in as the fool outside the Horse Shoe.

Bampton Community Archive

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