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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 Tradition Morris Men's Annual Party 1996

  • BCA - 2019.2148
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  • November 1996

The Bampton Traditional Morris Dancers held their annual party in November for years and invited the Swindon Folk club members to join them. When the Folk Club started in the 1960 the Morris side under squire Francis Shergold went to several even...

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Bank Holiday Monday 1999 Morris Dancing

  • BCA - 2019.2147
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  • Bank Holiday Monday 1999

Morris Dancing on Bank Holiday Monday 1999The Bampton Traditional Morris Men.There are two more collections of photos from 1999 at2019.21452019.2146

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Morris Dancing Bank Holiday Monday 1999

  • BCA - 2019.2146
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  • Bank Holiday Monday 1999

Morris Dancing around Bampton on the late May Bank Holiday with visiting sides Manley from Rumworth and Chipping Campden.This is the Bampton Traditional Morris Men.There are two more collections of photos from 1999 at2019.21452019.2147

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Bank Holiday Monday Morris dancing 1999

  • BCA - 2019.2145
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  • Bank Holiday Monday 1999

Bank Holiday Monday 1999 Morris Dancing around Bampton and three pictures of a music session late in the day in the pub.Musicians are Reg Hall, Jamie Wheeler, John Grout. Squire Francis Shergold and cake carrier is Bob West.This is the Bampton Tr...

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Reg Hall playing the fiddle, 1970

  • BCA - 2019.2134
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  • 1970

This is Reg Hall playing the fiddle for Bampton Traditional Morris Men at Whitsun 1970

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Bill Daniels 1980

  • BCA - 2019.2133
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  • 1980

This lovely photograph of Bill Daniels in his Morris gear was taken by Eric Stott in 1980

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Drawing of Francis Shergold 1990

  • BCA - 2019.2132
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  • 1990

This delightful drawing of Francis Shergold was done by Alan Beer in 1990.Alan lived in Gothurst, next to the Eagle Inn in Church View.

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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&#...

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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. Ear...

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Bampton - Country Life magazine July 19th 1946

  • BCA - 2019.1887
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  • 1946

This is the first of two articles in successive weeks in Country Life magazine July 1946. This article talks about the architecture of Bampton with pictures of the Market Place, the early Victorian Town Hall, Morris Dancing, Lime Tree house, Thom...

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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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John Knight dancing in Bampton

  • BCA - 2019.1881
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  • 1970s

John Knight comes from a family of Bampton dancers of the Morris in Bampton. Behind him in this picture just holding hankies is Roy Dommitt who worked at the High Down Rocket Test Site on the Isle of Wight. He was one of the most senior engineer...

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The debt Bampton Morris owes to Jingy Wells, by Frank Purslow

  • BCA - 2019.1879
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  • 1970s

Frank Purslow had previous sent a letter to the Witney Gazette that was far from complimentary about Jingy Wells and it made many Bamptonians cross. He was challenged about it by Bobby Wells, Jingy's son and this letter to the Gazette follow...

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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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Bank Holiday Monday dancing 1986 (2)

  • BCA - 2019.1876
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  • 1986

Morris dancing in Bampton 1986. Alec Wixey's side rehearsing on the Sunday and Francis Shergold's side dancing on the Monday.

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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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Bank Holiday Monday 1993 Morris dancing

  • BCA - 2019.1869
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  • 1993

Francis Shergold's side the Bampton Traditional Morris men and Alec Wixey's Bampton Morris Men dancing Bank Holiday Monday in 1993.

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Morris dancing Bank Holiday Monday 1991

  • BCA - 2019.1868
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  • 1991

Bank Holiday Monday Morris dancing in Bampton. Francis Shergold's Bampton Traditional Morris Men and Arnold Woodley's side

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Bank Holiday weekend final practices 1986

  • BCA - 2019.1866
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  • 1986

These pictures are of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men and the Bampton Morris Men happily practising together during the Bank Holiday weekend. Squires Francis Shergold and Alec Wixey.

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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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'Rocky' Spring Bank Holiday Monday 1991

  • BCA - 2019.1853
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  • 1991

Ernie 'Rocky' Hunt and Chad Trueman in the background, Spring Bank Holiday Monday 1991. Rocky was known as Dicky to all his family. When Ernie died, his birth certificate showed his real name was Ernest Bishop.

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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 sock...

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Sam Bennett from Ilmington in Warwickshire

  • BCA - 2019.1801
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  • 1950s

Sam Bennett. He moved to Warwickshire but walked to Bampton to fiddle for the Morris at Whitsun. He would arrive at Mr & Mrs Townsend's Castle Farm on Bridge St and announce 'I be 'ere'. To earn his keep, he'd stay ...

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Lawerence Adams' morris side 2007

  • BCA - 2018.1599
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  • 2007

2007 the melodeon player is Steve Coad, and the accordion player Paul Smith. Behind Barry Care, Bampton Fool, the hidden musician is Tom Bower.Dancing in the set: Barry Care, Andrew Care, Robert Care, Jonathan Coad, Paul Fowler, Lawrence Adams, N...

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Francis Shergold, Squire of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men

  • BCA - 2018.1535
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  • c1940 to 2008

Francis Shergold took over as squire of the Bampton Traditional Morris Men from William Nathan 'Jingy' Wells. These photographs cover most of the years from about 1940 to shortly before he died in 2008.MO282C - Bampton Morris Men. Roy D...

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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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Arnold Woodley, Morris Dancer, teacher of Morris and musician

  • BCA - 2018.1524
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  • c1940 to 1983

Arnold Woodley was a Morris dancer and teacher of the dances. He was also a musician who played the fiddle.MO0FF9 Arnold Woodley's team the Bampton Morris Men, bagman with the cake in 1974MO1105 Arnold Woodley's team, known as Bampton M...

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David John 'Curly' Titchener, Morris Dancer, fool and musician

  • BCA - 2018.1519
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  • 1934 to 2011

There is the funeral program for David John 'Curly' Titchener, February 13th 1934 to January 20th 2011, an obituary for Curly and for Colin Bathe, both life long friends written by Keith Chandler, photographs that include Curly and his M...

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Bampton Morris Men, squire Alec Wixey

  • BCA - 2018.1517
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  • 1971 2004

These photographs are all of the Bampton Morris Men under squire Alec Wixey and cover the period of approximately 1971 to 2004.MO1211 Martin Hewitt.MO16F9 Team photo in Glebelands. Roy Barratt used to take a picture like this each year to make...

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Colin Bathe, musician with the Bampton Morris Men

  • BCA - 2018.1481
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  • 1972-2000

Colin Bathe was a musician with the Bampton Morris Men for many years, but occasionally he would dance. He also went to Bra in Italy with the Bampton Traditional Morris Men in 1980. He was very good friends with 'Curly', John Titchener...

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

  • BCA - 2017.1069
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  • February 23rd 1974

Arnold Woodley was squire of the Bampton Morris Men and in 1974 they danced in Cecil Sharp House in London. There was something of a falling out between the squire and his men and he wrote this same letter to each when he got home.

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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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