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Morris Ring Member and Associate Side Formation Dates

A list of Morris Ring Member and Associate Side formation dates, and the dates when Members joined the Morris Ring, was obtained from web sites. The 'old guys' are listed as 'Traditional', please send any further details, comments or corrections to the webeditor [at] themorrisring [dot] org (subject: Query%20about%20the%20Morris%20Ring%20website%20-%20side%20histories) (WebEditor). Thanks - there is always room for improvement! It would be interesting to include details of sides who have now expired, handed in their staves, joined the great dancer in the sky.... etc., etc! So this is a plea for more information, I expect that much can be found in the Morris Ring Log books, but as with past Morris Ring meetings it would be interesting to draw the information together into this web page. The "Link" given below, where available, either links directly to a page describing a side history, or to the side website, from which the history can be read.

For the wider Morris Community - all over the planet - check your entry on the Morris Histories page on Google - this is a spreadsheet, so contains more information about individual sides (if they provide it). 

 

Side Name Side Formed Joined Morris Ring Notes & Link to side history page if available
Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers Traditional - Records back to 1560. Link
Adderbury Village Morris Men Traditional - 18th Century. Revival in 1974. Link
Adlington Morris Men [incl Adlington Mummers] 1964 1976 Adlington Morris Men joined the Morris Ring at the 158th Ring Meeting, Chipperfield 9th to 11th July 1976. Link
Aldbury Morris Men 1969 1999 Link
Anker Morris Men 1975 1980 Link
Ashdown Forest Morris Men 1972 1977 Link. "AFMM danced in as members of the Ring in 1977, at the Colchester Ring Meeting of that year." - Bob Draper
Bampton Morris Dancers (Traditional) Traditional - Link : 600 years of Morris history.
Banchory-Ternan Morris Men 1975 - Link
Barnsley Longsword Dancers 1968 1972 Ivor Allsop wrote: "Barnsley joined the Ring in 1972 taking their staff at the Huddersfield Ring Meeting from Mr. Bert Cleaver."
Bathampton Morris Men 1934 1968

Bathampton were formed in 1934, In the early 1930's Mrs. Charlotte Oakey moved to Bathampton to become become head teacher of the village school. She included Morris Dancing in the activities of the schools Scout group and in 1934 "Mrs. Oakey's Boys" side was born. This side later grew into the "Bathampton Morris Men". joined the MR in 1968. Link

Beaux of London City 1947 1947 Link
Bedford Morris Men 1932 1936 Link
Belchamp Morris Men 1976 1989 Link
Benfieldside Morris and Sword Dancers 1963 - -
Boar's Head Morris Men 1972 - Upon folding in 2005, merged to give birth to Great Yorkshire Morris based in Pool, Harrogate
Bourne River Morris Men 1967 1975

See full history at their website  http://www.bournerivermorris.org.uk/

Associate side from 1972; elected to full membership December 1974.

Danced in at the 151st meeting  - Thaxted, 31st May 1975

Brackley Morris Men Traditional - Records back to 1623, 400 years of history
Bristol Morris Men 1951 - -
Britannia Coconut Dancers Traditional 1971 18-19th century
Danced into the Ring at the Manchester Ring Meeting, Sept 1971.
Broadwood Sword & Morris Men 1972 - -
Bury Pace Eggers 1970 1972 Joined at the Sutton Coldfield Ring meeting in 1972 and, although it lapsed for a while, membership was revived in 2013. Recorded by Charlotte Burne in C19th and at Bury Petty Sessions in 1853/54.
Cam Valley Morris Men 1981 1992 Link
Cambridge Morris Men [On tour aka The Travelling Morrice] 1911-12 1934 Founder member of the Ring
Cardiff Morris Men 1970 - Left in 2004
Castleford Sword Dancers 1969 1979 The team was formed 5th November 1969 admitted to the Morris Ring in 1979 and danced in at the Giffard Ring Meeting July 1979. Barry Evans - Squire
Chalice Morris Men 1970s 1980 -
Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men 1953 1954 CRMM began as an offshoot of the Shorham FDC which was founded in 1949. Some members were introduced to morris and sword in 1951, they dressed in morris kit for the Festival of Britain parade through Shoreham. Did not dance, then energised to dance morris by a trip to Bampton in 1952, and officially formed in 1953. Read on!. See also their web site for updates.
Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris Men 1975 - -
Chester City Morris Men - - -
Chipping Campden Morris Men Traditional - 1772 may be the earliest reference
City of Gloucester Mummers 1969 - Disbanded 2014
Claro Sword & Morris Men 1979? - -
Colchester Morris Men 1926 then 1953 1935 The Colchester Club was founded in 1926, disbanded during World War II and re-established in 1953, remaining active ever since
Colne Royal Morris Men 1896 & 1968 1970 Joined Ring 1970 (Coventry) An earlier side ceased dancing in 1894. Ceased dancing in public in 2008
Coventry Morris Men 1931 1935 Martin Trewinnard writes: "Known to be dancing into the early 1940s (Pat Shaw came across from Birmingham to dance with the team) but not active post-war until 1950, certainly dancing again in 1951 (Festival of Britain event poster at Berkswell); Staff of office lost at some time in the 1940s, we have a home made replacement.
Historically, there is a reference to "morris dancers from the city of Coventry" in the diary of Queen Elizabeth I's visit to Kenilworth Castle 1577 and to a "sweep's morris" in an account of an 18th century Godiva Procession which we assume to be some sort of morris dance but with dancers blacked up (but even our oldest member is not old enough to remember either event!)"
Coventry Mummers 1966 1970 A side of some 15 men formed in 1966 to promote the performance, research, study and public awareness of Mummers Plays or 'English Ritual Drama'.   Although not the oldest team to revive Mumming, it is believed that they were the first stand-alone side to specialise exclusively in Mumming, enjoying a stable membership and regular weekly meetings throughout the year. 
Darlington Mummers 1965 - -
Dartington Morris Men 1968 1973  In 1973 the current side was admitted to membership of the Morris Ring, collecting their staff at the Ludlow Morris Ring Meeting in September 1978. Link
Datchet Border Morris Men 1991 (1961) 1966 Datchett MM in 1961 Link
Devil's Dyke Morris Men 1975 2012 The side began as the Staploe Hundred Morris Men in 1975. Various changes around 1980-81 turned Staploe into the Devil's Dyke Morris Men Link
Dolphin Morrismen 1968 1971 Clive Cowx writes:"A very full archive of the first 30 years of Dolphin's existence can be found at http://www.dolphin-morris.co.uk/archive/ and the next 10 years will be added in this detail soon."
See also the history behind "The Gate to Southwell".
Durham Rams Sword and Morris Men Early 1960s - -
Earlsdon Morris Men 1971 - -
East Suffolk Morris Men 1958 1966 Suffolk MM in 1930s Link
East Surrey Morris Men 1926 1934 Founder member of the Ring Link
Etcetera Morris Men 1st June 1975 July 1981 (Kennet MM Ring Meeting) Matt Stevens writes: "Etcetera Morris Men ... a group of Enfield Teachers. They met at the Enfield Teacher's Centre - and thus E.T.C. (or Etcetera) Morris Men was formed. History: http://www.etcfolk.org.uk"
Everards Original Anstey Morris Men 1983 - -
Ewell St Mary's Morris Men 1979 1986 Link
Exeter Morris Men 1951 - -
Faithful City Morris Men 1967 - -
First Sedgeley Morris Men - - -
Forest of Dean Morris Men - - -
Foresters Morris & Sword Dance Club 1952 1956 Eric Foxley wrote:"admitted to the Ring at the September Ring Meeting 1956 in Abingdon. I was there! See http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~ef/forester/History.htm
Furness Morris Men 1963 - Left to form mixed side 2008
Gloucestershire Morris Men Early 1930s 1938 Link
Goathland Ploughstots Traditional - Early 19th century. Revived in 1922 Link
Grand Union Morris 1976 - -
Great Yorkshire Morris 2005 - See Boars Head MM
Green Ginger Morris & Sword 1968 1971 -
Green Man's Morris and Sword Club - - -
Green Oak Morris Men [inc. Doncaster Mummers] 1971 - -
Greensleeves Morris Men 1926 1934 Founder member of the Ring. See GMM History pages on their web site.
Grimsby Morris Men 1969 - -
Hageneth Morris Men - - -
Handsworth Traditional Sword Dancers Traditional - Link
Harthill Morris Men 1976 1981 Accepted into the MR at the Kennet Ring Meeting in 1981 receiving their membership staff from Fr Kenneth Loveless
Hartley Morris Men 1952 1955 Stansted Morris, Hartley's predecessors were formed in 1934 and joined the Ring at CSH on March 13th 1937. They ceased in 1939.
Headington Quarry Morris Dancers Traditional - History from 1700s
Helier Morris Men 1975 1990 -
Helmond Morris Men 1935 1976 See the web site http://morrisdans.nl for more information. HMM were started just a year after the Morris Ring was formed.
Horwich Prize Medal Morris Men 1891 (1976) 1979 Reformed in 1976
Icknield Way Morris Men 1950s 1974 -
Isca Morris Men 1976 - -
Ilmington Morris Men Traditional - Sam Bennet's side in late 19thC. Revived 1974
Jockey Morris Men 1949 - -
John O'Gaunt Morris (Lancaster) 1968 - -
Kemp's Men of Norwich 1956 - -
Kennet Morris Men 1957 1962 Danced in at the Cheltenham Ring Meeting in 1962. The Kennet Morris Men - A Foolish History. Kennet's predecessors, Wargrave Morris, were inaugural members of the Morris Ring in 1934 before the 2nd WW intervened. Some of the Wargrave men founded Kennet.
King John's Morris Men 1975 1981 John Connell writes: "Our side was formed in 1975 as an off shoot of the Red Stags mixed side connected to the university in Southampton. We were elected to The Morris Ring in 1981 and danced in at the 196th meeting hosted by Wessex Morris Men in 1982."
The Kings Morris 1978 - -
Kinnerton Morris Men 1976 - -
Lassington Oak Morris Men 1977 - -
Leicester Morris Men 1953 - -
Letchworth Morris Men 1922 - Founder member of Ring
Leyland Morris Men 1966 - Team at Leyland for over 100 years (1889 emblem)
Lichfield Morris Men [Inc. Armitage Mummers] - - Earliest record 1747
Lincoln & Micklebarrow Morris Men (2) - - -
London Pride Morris Men 1930s 1937 -
Long Man Morris Men 1978 1984 Associate side from 1980
Lord Conyers Morris Men - - -
Malvern Swordsmen - - -
Manchester Morris Men 1930 1936 History
Martlet Sword & Morris Men 1953 1956 History: http://www.martletmorrismen.org.uk/martlet_history.html
Mayflower Morris Men 1973 1977 -
Men of Wight Morris Men - - -
Mendip Morris Men 1956 - -
Mersey Morris Men 1960 - -
Milton Morris Men 1983 - -
Monkseaton Morris Men 1955 - -
Mossley Morris Men 1981 - Tradition dates back to the early 19thC
Moulton Morris Men 1972 - Remnants of traditional dance in local pubs (a version of Bacca Pipes), and a village Mummers side existed in Moulton up to the time of the First World War and older villagers helped with information on these.
North British Sword Dancers 1992 2012 Colin Messer writes: "I worked in Glasgow in 1991 and danced with Clydeside Rapper and Step when they visited Saddleworth Rushcart. The following year - 1992 - we returned to Saddleworth to discover that those who turned up were all ex-Clydeside, so we created North British."
North Wood Morris Men 1975 1984 -
Northampton Morris Men 1949 1952 -
Oakworth Village Morris Men 1981 1984 -
Offley Morris Men 1955 - -
Oxford City Morris Men 1938 - -
Packington Morris Men 1975 1980 -
Peterborough Morris Men 1979 - -
Pinewoods Morris Men 1964 1965 -
Plymouth Morris Men 1970 1975 -
Ravensbourne Morris Men 1947 1947 The club made its first public appearance on 10th March 1947 when it provided illustrations to a talk given by Douglas Kennedy at Beckenham and Penge County School. On 20th March, the club attended the first post-war Ring Meeting at Cecil Sharp House and was admitted to membership and received its staff of office, which is that formerly held by the Squire of Balgowan. Because of this, Ravensbourne can be considered to be a continuation of the Balgowan club. http://www.ravensbourne.org/about.htm
Redcar Sword Dancers 1967 - -
Richmond on Swale Morris Men 1973 - -
Ripley Morris Men 1924 & 1981 - stopped in 50's, then restarted 1981
Royal Liberty Morris - - -
Royal Preston Morris Dancers Late 1800s, then 2000 - Merger of Preston Royal Morris Dancers and Royal Lancashire Morris Dancers in 2000
Rumford Morris - - -
Rutland Morris Men 1974 1978 -
Saddleworth Morris Men 1974 - -
Shakespeare Morris Men 1959 1965 -
Silkeborg Morris Men 1976 - -
Silurian Border Morris Men 1969 - -
South Shropshire Morris Men - - -
Southport Sword Dancers 1968 - -
Spring Grove Morris Men 1977 1984 -
St Albans Morris Men 1930 1934 Joined The Morris Ring at the Inaugural Meeting at CSH 20/10/1934
Stafford Morris Men 1957 1961 Records of other Stafford sides before present SMM
Standon Morris Men 1954 1977 Became a mixed side in 2013
Stevenage Sword Dancers 1973 1975 -
Stockton Morris Men - - -
Sweyn's Ey Morris and Sw. Dancers (Men of) 1966 1978 Keith Lascelles writes: "The Men of Sweyn's Ey effectively started in 1966, although were known as The Mighty Men of Madoc for the first two or three years. We were admitted to the Ring at the Ludlow meeting in 1978."
Sydney Morris Men 1975 1979 John Milce writes: "The Sydney Men formed in 1975, were made members of the Ring in 1979, and disbanded in 2008.
Taunton Deane Morris Men 1973 1976 -
Thames Valley Morris Men 1952 1955 -
Thaxted Morris Men 1911 1934 Founder member of Ring
Thelwall Morris Men 1973 1976 See A Long History of Thelwall Morris Men
Towersey Morris 1967 1973 Andy Harvey writes: "Our scrapbook shows Towersey Morris Men being presented with their Ring Staff by Bert Cleaver, the then Squire of the Ring, at Thaxted in 1973. Our membership to the Ring had been proposed by Whitchurch Morris Men."
Trigg Morris Men 1971 1975 Trigg were admitted to the Morris Ring at the Stratford Ring Meeting in June 1975.
Het Utrecht Morris Team 1979 1991 -
Uttoxeter Heart of Oak Morris Men 1955 1964 Mac McCoig writes: Joined at the Stratford-on-Avon Morris Ring Meeting in 1964. See Uttoxer MM website
Vancouver Morris Men - - -
Victory Morris Men 1976 - -
Wadard Morris Men 1977 - -
Wantsum Morris Men 1967 1970 -
Wath upon Dearne Morris Men 1972 1978 -
Wessex Morris Men 1957 - -
West Somerset Morris Men 1965 1969 -
Westminster Morris Men 1952 1953 Mike Wilson-Jones wrote:I guess you'd have to say formed in 1952, as they were at a Ring Instructional at CSH in March 1953 and were admitted to the Ring at Thaxted meeting 1953.
Whitchurch Morris Men 1948 - -
White Hart Morris Men 1970s - -
White Horse Morris Men - - -
White Rose Morris Men 1953 1959 -
Winchester Morris Men 1953 - -
Winster Morris Men Traditional - before 1863
Woodside Morris Men 1956 1957 -
Wyvern Jubilee Morris Men 1977 1985 Danced into the Ring in 1985 (Cardiff Ring 6-8 September), were Associate members from 1978
Yateley Morris Men 1976 - -
Albion Morris Men - - -
Alvechurch Border Morris 1989 Associate in 2007 -
Armitage Mummers - - -
Ashdown Mummers 1973 - -
Blackheath Morris Men 1970s - -
Blackmore Morris Men - - -
Blue Anchor Morris - - -
Bovey Tracey Mummers - - -
Boyden Gate [Mummers of] - - -
Buckland Shag Morris Men 1987 - -
Chameleonic Morris Men - - -
Charlbury Morris 1984 - 2014 - resigned to join Morris Federation
Cinque Port Morris Men 2008 - -
Clydeside Rapper 1986 - Colin Messer writes: Founded: 1986 as a men's side - Clydeside Rapper emerged from Gallus Morris Men, they ceased in 2002 and are now a mixed side - Clydeside Sword and Step.
Crendon Morris Men 1967 - -
Ebor Morris Men 1973 - -
Ferrette Morris Men 2003 - -
Frome Valley Morris 1978 - -
Gallus Morris Men - - -
Good Easter Molly Gang - - -
Great Yorkshire Morris - - -
Greenwich Morris Men - - -
Hexham Morris Men 1976 - -
High Spen Blue Diamonds 1926 - -
Hinckley Bullockers - - -
Hoddesdon Crownsmen - - -
King Stone Rappers 2005 - -
Leominster Morris 1983 - Side at beginning of 20th C
Man Friday Morris Men - - -
Merrie England Mummers 1974 - -
Mid Winter Mummers - - -
Morris 18 - 30 2002 - -
North Curry Mummers - - -
One Day Wonders Travelling Morris - - -
Plymouth Reunion Morris Men - - -
Rose & Castle Morris Men 1977 - -
Saint Bees Mummers - - -
St Nicholas-at-Wade with Sarre Hoodeners - - -
Sallyport Sword Dancers 1969 - -
Spen Valley Longsword Dancers 1974 - -
Stockport Morris Men 1984 - Origin ca 1885
Stourvale Mummers - - -
Tarka Morris Men 1991 - -
Thameside Mummers 1971 - -
The Illustrious Order of Fools & Beasts, 1979 - http://www.foolsandbeasts.org.uk/
The (Insert Name Here) Mummers - - -
Welsh Border Morris Men 1973 - -
Woodchurch Morris Men - - -
Yelvertoft Morris Men - -