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Filename: BB76_04939.jpg

Size: 4947 x 3508 (4.6MB)

Date: 18th July 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

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Morris Men BB76_04939

Headington Quarry Morris Dancers outside the Chequers public house, Headington, Oxfordshire. It was a meeting between this group and Cecil Sharp the folk musicologist at Sandfield Cottage in 1899 that heralded a folk revival in Britain. Henry Taunt 1898-99

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Costume Leisure Public House Tradition Folk


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph, titled BB76_04939, captures a moment in time when tradition and innovation intertwined, marking the beginning of a significant cultural shift in Britain. The scene unfolds outside the quaint Chequers public house, located in the picturesque village of Headington, Oxfordshire. The year is 1899, and a group of Morris Men, clad in colorful, bell-adorned costumes, have gathered for a meeting. Among them stands a distinguished figure, Cecil Sharp, a renowned folk musicologist and collector. This encounter between the Morris Men and Sharp was more than just a casual gathering; it heralded the revival of English folk traditions. The Morris dance, a ritualistic and lively folk dance, was on the brink of extinction, but Sharp's interest and documentation of the dance helped preserve and popularize it. The image exudes a sense of camaraderie and leisure, as the Morris Men, with their faces alight with joy and anticipation, engage in conversation with Sharp. The Chequers public house, an ancient inn, serves as the perfect backdrop, its warm, inviting atmosphere providing the ideal setting for this cultural exchange. The Morris Men's vibrant costumes, adorned with bells and ribbons, symbolize the richness and diversity of England's folk heritage. This photograph not only captures a moment in time but also serves as a testament to the enduring power of tradition and the importance of preserving cultural heritage for future generations.

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