Item BCA - 2019.1672 - The Dixey family plus their Morris dancers

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The Dixey family plus their Morris dancers


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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 Roy Shergold in Naval uniform and George Dafter (fool). Roy Shergold, in naval uniform, had come home on leave that very morning and was pressed into dancing before the morning was out because one of the dancers had already consumed too much alcohol.
MO87C6 - Morris dancing at Little Place in 1946. Ted Dixey is in the centre of the picture nearest the camera (both hankies up) and Jingy Wells is on fiddle (William Nathan Wells).
Arthur Dixey & children - This is Arthur Dixey and his children. Arthur was a Morris dancer at least as early as 1898 and his son Ted became a dancer too. Left to right the children are :- Laurence, Perce, Derek, father Arthur, Ted and Ruth.
Group 1897 - 1897 photo of Morris dancers June 7th taken outside the Talbot." Standing left to right George Dixey, William Nathan Wells (fool), Robert Dixey, Joseph Rouse, Richard Decimus Butler (musician), Charles Henry Tanner (ragman). Seated L-R James Dewe, Henry Radband (sword bearer), George Wells/Taylor, Thomas William Tanner." This caption was underneath the photograph in The Folklore Journal 1897 prepared by Percy Manning. Percy became a fellow at Oxford; he hired Thomas James Carter, a retired bricklayer and keen palaeontologist, to go around the villages and collect photographs and information for him. Thomas took this picture in 1897 but it was not Thomas Carter's first visit to Bampton, he had previously been in Bampton in 1894.
Morris11 - Morris dancers circa 1948.Jinky Wells on fiddle, his son Bobby almost hidden by him, Arnold Woodley closest to the camera and Ted Dixey.
names - Names of dancers in above photo Morris11.
untitl60 Road menders - Bob Dixey, Jack Denic, Perce Tanner, David Edginton the Fool, Jess Tanner, John Tanner, Buscot Tanner, Sarah Radband, Cocky Tanner, Jingy Wells the Fiddler.
untitl34 - Bampton Morris men 1894 on Whit Monday May 14th. L-R:- Henry Radband (sword bearer), George Wells/Taylor, Joseph Rouse, probably John Tanner, William Nathan Wells "Jingy" (fool), James Dewe, George Dixey, Thomas William Tanner, Richard Decimus Butler (musician).
B0094June Seymore [L] Laurence Dixey[C] and Ruth Dixey mid 1900s with their flower garland.
B0095 - Ruth Dixey [later Mrs Ferguson on the left and Rose Sollis [later Mrs Gerring] 1937.
jo47 - Ted and Laurence Dixey from Fisher's Bridge in Buckland Road with their Garland in 1936.
jo48 - Ted , Derek and Percy Dixey with sandcastles they made at home at Fisher's Bridge about 1938.
jo49 - Ted Dixey as baby 1925. The family lived at Fisher's Bridge on Buckland Road.
jo50 - Ruth and Laurence and Derek and Percy Dixey who lived at Fisher's Bridge on Buckland Road.
a146 - Airman, Robert Ferguson, married Ruth Dixey, sister of Ted Dixey.
a168 - Dixey family with garlands.
a169 - Ruth Dixey (to become Mrs Ferguson) left and Rose Sollis (to become Mrs Gerring) with garlands 1930s.
a206 - Arthur Dixey obituary in the EFDS Winter journal, 1966. Arthur Morris danced at least as early as 1898 after being invited by Jingy Wells to join the side in 1896.
a207 – Dixey family tree
a208 - Arthur Dixey dressed for Morris dancing outside his home in Ducklington. Arthur went to live in Canada late 19th century and married there. His wife died in childbirth and Arthur came back to England and married Brenda Hunt in 1922. He had five children, Arthur Edward (Ted), Ruth Patricia, Laurence Frank, Derek and Percy.
a209 - Arthur Dixey as Morris dancer standing outside his home Fisher's Bridge on Buckland Road
a210 - May Sheppard who died of leukaemia aged just 17. Her coffin was carried by her 17 year old friends including Ted Dixey. May was the daughter of Perce Sheppard
a212 - May Sheppard's grave tended by relatives. May died of leukaemia aged just 17.
a213 - Wedding of Gladys Hunt (Ted Dixey's aunt )and Frank Trinder circa 1930.
a214 - Ted Dixey with grandmother Hunt, circa 1928
a216 - St. Marys, Bampton, on New Year’s Eve 1999, in the ringing chamber ringing out the old year/millennium with a half-muffled ring and ringing in the new millennium with an open ring. Back row: Tom Freeman, Gordon, Terry Gregory, Dave Rose (captain), Ted Dixey, Daniel Lloyd, Joseph Perry, Carole Perry, front row: Teresa Piercy, Terry Rouse (vice captain), Liz Rose, Liz Gertner, Andrew Lloyd. In front Janet Rouse.
a218 - Mr. Dixey and family, Ted the oldest (Arthur Edward), Ruth, Percy, Lawrence and Derek, all in the garden of Fisher's Bridge where Ted continued to live until the final months when he lived at Madely Park nursing home in Witney. Ted died in May 2014
a220 - Ruth Dixey's marriage to Robert Ferguson in August 1947.
a221 - Ruth Dixey's marriage to Robert Ferguson August 1947. Rose Sollis (later Gerring) is the bridesmaid standing on the bride's left.
a222 - Ted Dixey and Sylvia Stone, 1970. They got engaged in 1970 and stayed engaged until Ted's death in 2014.
a223 - Ted Dixey outside his home called Fisher's Bridge, circa 1937.
a224 - Ted Dixey and siblings in the garden of their home Fisher's Bride along Buckland Road. Note the pram with a child in, in the background.
a225 - Thomas and Harriet Hunt and Joan Hunt of Weald.
a226 - Joan Hunt and first husband, Roy, 1949. Roy died of injuries from WWII about 6 years after the war ended.
a227 – Thomas and Harriet Hunt of Weald.
a228 - John Quick driving and David Hunt on the steam engine Pandora.
a229 - Stan Sheppard, Brenda Hunt and Ted Dixey by Fisher's Bridge in Buckland Road.
bo167 - Ted, Ruth and baby Laurence Dixey with their mother at Fisher's Bridge.
BO169 - Ted Dixey at his sister Ruth's wedding. 1947.
BO170 - Ted Dixey working at Smith's industries in Witney in 1955.
BO171 – Ted Dixey in Weald aged 3, 1928.
BO172 – Ted Dixey aged 2, 1927.
BO173 - Ted Dixey with other children circa 1937.
BO174 - Ted Dixey's maternal grandparents, Thomas and Harriet Hunt.
BO175 - Ted Dixey's cottage called Fisher's Bridge, in Buckland Road.
BO176 - Ted and Ruth Dixey at their home Fisher's Bridge on Buckland Road.
BO177 - Thomas and Harriet Hunt, Ted Dixey's maternal grandparents' cottage by Fisher's Bridge, Buckland Road. This is next to Fisher's Bridge.
BO178 - Ruth Dixey and Robert Ferguson - they married in 1947.
BO179 – Ted Dixey in the pram 1926-7.
B)162 - The Dixey Family, Ted, Ruth, baby Laurence and mother outside Fisher's Bridge cottage.
Dixey family, Arthur - Arthur Dixey with his children Ted, Ruth, Laurence, Derek and Percy 1936.
Laurence Dixey aged 19 - Laurence Dixey aged 19 about 1952. His brothers and sisters were Ted, Derek, Perce and Ruth and father was Arthur. They lived at Fisher's Bridge on the Buckland Road.
img559 - Fisher's Bridge House for sale in 2 pictures. February 2014 for £350,000. The home of Ted Dixey, now in Madley Park nursing home in Witney. Ted's father Arthur bought this house as two cottages on July 1st 1932 for £155.
Page 5 img532 – sale of the two cottages bought by Ted Dixey’s father for £155 and knocked into one dwelling.
img150 and img151 - 2 pictures covering a write-up on Arthur Dixey in the 'English Dance and Song' publication of Winter 1966. "A few weeks ago Arthur Dixey, of Bampton, the last survivor of the traditional dancers associated with the folk dance revival before World War I, died, aged 88. Mr. Dixey had been invited by "Jingy" Wells' uncle, Harry Radbone, the then Captain of the dancers, to join the Bampton Morris ... in 1896, the last year that Dick Butler played for the men." There is much more in the full article.
Arthur Dixey & children - Left to right, Laurence, Perce, Derek, father Arthur, Ted and Ruth Dixey. c1936. |Arthur was a Bampton Morris Dancer as was his son Ted. Ruth married Bob Ferguson whose son Martin danced in the Shergold side until his work took him away from the area making it impossible for him to get back for practice and Whit Monday/spring bank holiday.
Bampton025a - 1897 June 7th. Morris dancing between the Town Hall and Joyners, the drapers. Dancer left-right: George Wells/Taylor, Thomas William Tanner, Joseph Rouse, Robert Dixey, George Dixey, James Dewe. At rear, Charles Henry Tanner (ragman), Henry Radband (sword bearer), William Nathan Wells (fool), Richard Decimus Butler (musician).
Laurence Dixey - Laurence Dixey, son of Arthur Dixey and brother to Ted, Perce, Ruth and Derek. The family lived at Fisher's Bridge along the Buckland Road.
img297 - Front and back cover of the funeral program for 'Ted' Arthur Edward Dixey May 7th 1925 to May 11th 2014. Ted was the gentlest of men, very loyal and reliable in everything he did. He was a bellringer from 1943 until ill health forced him to stop at the end of 2012. He lived his life at Fisher's Bridge in Buckland Road, never married but was engaged to Sylvia from winter 1969/70.
img298 - Inside pages of the funeral program for 'Ted' Arthur Edward Dixey May 7th 1925 to May 11th 2014.

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