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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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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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Bampton Traditional Morris in the Market Square 1938

  • BCA - 2017.1222
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  • 1938

This photograph of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men was taken in 1938. They are dancing outside The Talbot Inn, with Brooking, the Outfitters showing behind them. The two musicians are Sam Bennett on the left wearing dark trousers and Bertie C...

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Traditional Bampton Morris Men, May 29th 2017 squire Lawrence Adams

  • BCA - 2017.1255
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  • May 29th 2017

The Traditional Bampton Morris Men squire Lawrence Adams, dance in Bampton on Whit Monday. The tradition had always been that men and boys dancing must have been born in Bampton or live in Bampton - few of these dancers fall into either category ...

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Sale of bric-a-brac outside Wychwoods in Church View. May 29th 2017

  • BCA - 2017.1258
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  • May 29th 2017

There are little sales of all sorts around Bampton on the late May Bank Holiday. Hundreds of people come into Bampton for the Morris Dancing and music so it's a good time to have such stalls. Martin is selling items outside his home on the ...

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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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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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Colin Knight 1943 to April 22nd 2017

  • BCA - 2018.1429
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  • 1943 to 2017

Bampton Morris Men in Glebelands in 1991. Colin Knight and the team with a painting of Colin dancing the Broom Dance.Bampton Morris Men. Colin Knight dancing the Broom Dance and Colin Bathe on melodeon 1989.Sam Bennett of Ilmington dancing the br...

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Program of Morris Dancing, May Morning in Oxford 1982

  • BCA - 2017.251
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  • 1982

A letter from Tony Davis of the Oxford University Morris Men detailing the program of dancing, where and when, for the 8 sides that will dance on May Morning 1982. Along with Bampton Traditional Morris Men there will be the Oxford University Morr...

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List of all types of accommodation in Sidmouth in 1981

  • BCA - 2017.253
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  • 1981

Each year there is a huge International Folklore Festival in Sidmouth and in 1981 this was the full list of local accommodation available and it was put together by the local council. Very usefully it also gives the contact details of each place....

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Christ card from Taffy Thomas & Bridget Danley Dec 1981 to Francis Shergold

  • BCA - 2017.265
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  • December 1981

The Bampton Traditional Morris men had been amongst Folk Artist from all over the world at the International Folk Festival in Bra, Italy and they really got to know Taffy Thomas and Bridget Danley then very well. This is a Christmas card from the...

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Bampton Traditional Morris men go to Hermitage to dance Dec. 13th 1981

  • BCA - 2017.292
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  • Feb. 13th 1981 and Dec 13th 1981

On February 13th 1981 and December 13th 1981 the Bampton Traditional Morris Men went to Hermitage village, just south of the M4, at the invitation of Roly Brown, to dance. These notes and a hand drawn map refer to the two events

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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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List of Bampton Traditional Morris Men c1981

  • 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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Letter from Sidmouth Festival director to Francis Shergold

  • BCA - 2017.318
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  • November 4th 1981

A letter from John Dowell the Festival Director of the Sidmouth Folk Festival, written November 4th 1981 to Francis Shergold the Squire of the Bampton Traditional Morris men, inviting the side to dance at the 1982 Festival which will be July 31st ...

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Letter from John Shuker of The Eagle to Morrell's brewery and their reply

  • BCA - 2017.354
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  • August 1982

John Shuker landlord of The Eagle Pub in Church View wrote to his pub's brewery, Morrell's, explaining that there are three morris sides in Bampton and the one they had recently invited on a tour of their brewery was not the side that dr...

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The White family who lived in Sandford Cottage from at least as early as 1900

  • BCA - 2017.444
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  • 1910

The White family lived in Sandford Cottage, the thatched cottage on the south side of Sandford field from at least as early as 1900. These photographs cover the period 1910 to 1960. They are all family related, some babies, children, adults, in ...

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Program for Old Swan Band event with Bampton Morris & the Songwainers

  • BCA - 2017.472
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  • 1981

This leaflet was produced by The Old Swan Band who were Martin Brinsford, Paul Burges, Flos, Jo Fraser, John Adams and Richard Valentine with Jason Goss. It was produced for a concert of songs and reading and they band was supported by the appear...

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Morris dancing outside The Lamb in the Market Square Whitsun 1939

  • BCA - 2017.519
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  • 1939

This photograph was taken at Whitsun 1939 and shows the Morris dancers dancing outside The Lamb Inn in the Market Square. The inn was finally completely demolished in 1960 to make way for a garage showroom for Market Square Garage, which itself w...

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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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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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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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The Dixey family plus their Morris dancers

  • BCA - 2019.1672
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  • Twentieth century

MO11EE - Morris dancing in Weald Manor in 1947. All people as you see them left to right - Jingy (William Nathan) Wells (fiddle), Francis Shergold, Bobby Wells (cake), Bill Brown, Bob Whitlock, Reg Whitlock, Ted Dixey, Fred Pettifer. Watching are...

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Bank Holiday Monday Morris Dancing 1986

  • BCA - 2019.1875
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  • 1986

Bank Holiday Monday Morris dancing in Bampton 1986.Francis Shergold's Traditional Bampton Morris Men and Alec Wixey's Bampton Morris Men

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May Bank Holiday weekend of dancing 1986

  • BCA - 2019.1877
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  • 1986

May Bank Holiday weekend. Francis Shergold's Bampton Traditional Morris Men dancing on the Monday and Alec Wixey's Bampton Morris Men practising on the Sunday.

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The Beam: April 1990 vol. 5 No1

  • BCA - 2019.1884
  • Series
  • April 1990

THE BEAM APRIL 1990. VOLUME 5 NO1. THE TOPICS COVERED :-Morris dancing on Spring Bank Holiday MondayPrefabs built after WWII originally called Portel HousesParish council history and coming elections. The first meeting of Bampton’s Parish ...

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Bampton Traditional Morris Men, outside The Talbot

  • BCA - 2019.2051
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  • about 1985

L-R Bill Daniels, Ray Borrett, Billy Main, Tony Daniels (started dancing in 1965), Martin Ferguson, David Rose dancing outside The Talbot under squire Francis Shergold

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Visiting Morris sides outside the George & Dragon

  • BCA - 2019.2053
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  • post 1994

Two visiting teams outside the George & Dragon; Eynsham are dancing and Abingdon Morris are waiting to dance. There are no signs outside the inn so it must be post 1994.

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Bampton Traditional Morris Men at Tickhill

  • BCA - 2019.2135
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  • c1995 to 1997

This photograph was taken in Tickhill at Rock House when Bampton Traditional Morris Men went up to Yorkshire for a weekend of dancing. The date is probably 1995 but could be 96 or 97.The ladies are wives and girlfriends and daughters of the dance...

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Bampton Traditional Morris Men at Bampton House, 1994

  • BCA - 2019.2168
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  • May Bank Holiday 1994

This photograph was kindly sent to the Archive by Graham Rose. His father, Bernard, took the picture in 1994 when the Bampton Traditional Morris Men were dancing on their lawn at Bampton House. Francis Shergold was squire of the side in 1994.Tha...

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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 deat...

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Bampton Morris Men dance at Sidmouth.

  • 2019.2283
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  • 1980s

These are the Bampton Morris Men in the marquee at Sidmouth in 1999..Martin Carthy is centre front getting his guitar ready to play for them.Derek Schofield with the microphone.

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Morris Men outside the Elephant & Castle c1924

  • BCA - 2020.2338
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  • 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 lo...

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Bampton Traditional Morris, first dance after tea

  • BCA - 2020.2361
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  • 2009

The Bampton Traditional Morris Men had their tea in the old school in Church View for many years. In the last few years, they began a tradition of doing a dance inside, away from the public to get their legs going again but it was done without mu...

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Bampton Traditional Morris Men's Party 1996

  • BCA - 2020.2376
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  • 1996

Each year, usually in November, the Bampton Traditional Morris Men had a party with singing and dancing and a lovely buffet. Swindon Folk Club members were invited along with a few other special friends associated with the side. These pictures w...

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Spring Bank Holiday Weekend 2004

  • BCA - 2020.2410
  • Series
  • 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 includeBob WestTed PooleBilly MainMary Cook & brother Tommy TannerTony DanielsDave RoseAnn & Fr...

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Postcard from Jan, Jasper & Andrew Walsh to Andrew West

  • BCA - 2020.2434
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  • 1986

This card was sent from Jan, Jasper and Andrew Walsh to Andrew West in 1986.Francis Shergold seen on the left, Terry Rouse centre the fool, Tony Daniels behind Terry. Jamie Wheeler playing the accordion.

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Sunday practice at the Horse Shoe 2001

  • BCA - 2020.2436
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  • 2001

The Sunday before Bank Holiday Monday the Morris sides in Bampton have their last practice. In these photos the Bampton Traditional Morris side can be seen in the garden of the Horse Shoe, their headquarters at the time. People include Reg Hall ...

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Drawings of Cyril Smith and Francis Shergold by Alan Beers

  • BCA - 2020.2488
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  • 1990

These two sketches were done by Alan Beers in 1990 and given to Bob West, who has kindly allowed the Archive to scan them. They are of Cyril Smith and Francis Shergold. Francis was squire of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men and Cyril had also ...

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Bampton Traditional Morris Men, May Bank Holiday 2003

  • BCA - 2020.2492
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  • May 2003

All these pictures of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men were taken on May Bank Holiday 2003. Dancers include John Shuker, David Townsend, Martin Landray, Cyril Smith, Billy Main, fool Ray Borrett and musician Reg Hall.

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Newspaper cuttings from 1980

  • BCA - 2021.2516
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  • 1980

These newspaper cuttings are all from 1980 and the topics covered includeMorris dancingOur Youth Club members who took part in a 24 hour table tennis marathonBampton's first junior May Queen Tanya NewlandBampton Fair and Molly Cole's dol...

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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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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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23rd International Folklore Festival, Sidmouth July 29th-Aug 5th 1977

  • BCA - 2017.248
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  • 1977

These pages give detailed information about the Festival for anyone attending plus the program of workshops and forthcoming trips. While Bampton Morris was not one of the sides attending in 1977 Francis Shergold did go privately.

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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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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 ...

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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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Flyer from Bra, Italy from 1980

  • BCA - 2017.301
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  • 1980

This leaflet is in Italian and was brought back from Bra in Italy by the Bampton Traditional Morris Men when they were one of the acts taking part in their annual festival.

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Costumes of The Netherlands

  • BCA - 2017.270
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  • 1978

A booklet brought back to Bampton by Francis Shergold after the team danced at Leiden Folk Festival in 1978. The booklets shows several costumes typical of the different regions of the Netherland

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Walking up Bushey Row on a damp May Bank Holiday morning

  • BCA - 2017.334
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  • early 2000s

This photograph was taken as several people walked to the start of the day of dance on May Bank Holiday. They are walking up Bushey Row and the group includes L-R Joseph Perry, Eric Stott, Francis Shergold, Dave Rose and Roger West. The morning ...

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Booklet of Traditional Dances all over England.

  • BCA - 2017.350
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  • January 16th 1982

This booklet about dances and dance sides all over England include Cyril Papworth broom dancer from near Cambridge, Redcar Longsword, Monkseaton country dancers, Cambridge Molly Men, Horwich Prize Medal Morris, Kingsmen, Monkseaton Egg Dancers and...

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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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Musician with the Bampton Morris Men

  • BCA - 2017.1141
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  • 1980s

Arnold Woodley, squire and fiddler with Frank Purslow on melodeon and a young Andrew Bathe on fiddle playing for the Bampton Morris Men. Myra Titchener and Sonner Townsend in the background.

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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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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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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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Arnold Woodley's men left his Morris team in 1974

  • BCA - 2017.1253
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  • 1974

Arnold Woodley dance Morris in Bampton all his life. He also played the fiddle and taught many people to dance. It was a sad day when Arnold and his men fell out when they went to London and danced at Cecil Sharp House. This is an account of th...

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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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