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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.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 NameSide FormedJoined Morris RingNotes & Link to side history page if available
1st Sedgley Morris Men19791983Link
Abingdon Traditional Morris DancersTraditional-Records back to 1560. Link
Adderbury Village Morris MenTraditional-18th Century. Revival in 1974. Link
Adlington Morris Men [incl Adlington Mummers]19641976Adlington Morris Men joined the Morris Ring at the 158th Ring Meeting, Chipperfield 9th to 11th July 1976. Link
Aldbury Morris Men19691999Link
Anker Morris Men19751980Link
Ashdown Forest Morris Men19721977Link. "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 Men1975-Link
Barnsley Longsword Dancers19681972Ivor Allsop wrote: "Barnsley joined the Ring in 1972 taking their staff at the Huddersfield Ring Meeting from Mr. Bert Cleaver."
Bathampton Morris Men19341968

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 City19471947Link
Bedford Morris Men19321936Link
Belchamp Morris Men19761989Link
Benfieldside Morris and Sword Dancers1963--
Boar's Head Morris Men1972-Upon folding in 2005, merged to give birth to Great Yorkshire Morris based in Pool, Harrogate
Bourne River Morris Men19671975

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 MenTraditional-Records back to 1623, 400 years of history
Bristol Morris Men1951--
Britannia Coconut DancersTraditional197118-19th century
Danced into the Ring at the Manchester Ring Meeting, Sept 1971.
Broadwood Sword & Morris Men1972--
Bury Pace Eggers19701972Joined 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 Men19811992Link
Cambridge Morris Men [On tour aka The Travelling Morrice]1911-121934Founder member of the Ring
Cardiff Morris Men1970-Left in 2004
Castleford Sword Dancers19691979The 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 Men1970s1980-
Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men19531954CRMM 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 Men1975--
Chester City Morris Men---
Chipping Campden Morris MenTraditional-1772 may be the earliest reference
City of Gloucester Mummers1969-Disbanded 2014
Claro Sword & Morris Men1979?--
Colchester Morris Men1926 then 19531935The Colchester Club was founded in 1926, disbanded during World War II and re-established in 1953, remaining active ever since
Colne Royal Morris Men1896 & 19681970Joined Ring 1970 (Coventry) An earlier side ceased dancing in 1894. Ceased dancing in public in 2008
Coventry Morris Men19311935Martin 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 Mummers19661970A 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 Mummers1965--
Dartington Morris Men19681973 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 Men1991 (1961)1966Datchett MM in 1961 Link
Devil's Dyke Morris Men19752012The 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 Morrismen19681971Clive 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 MenEarly 1960s--
Earlsdon Morris Men1971--
East Suffolk Morris Men19581966Suffolk MM in 1930s Link
East Surrey Morris Men19261934Founder member of the Ring Link
Etcetera Morris Men1st June 1975July 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 Men1983--
Ewell St Mary's Morris Men19791986Link
Exeter Morris Men1951--
Faithful City Morris Men1967--
Forest of Dean Morris Men1968-Link
Foresters Morris & Sword Dance Club19521956Eric 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 Men1963-Left to form mixed side 2008
Gloucestershire Morris MenEarly 1930s1938Link
Goathland PloughstotsTraditional-Early 19th century. Revived in 1922 Link Left MR 2010
Grand Union Morris1976 21/10/2016 Falling numbers & rising infirmity mean it's become impossible to continue and our efforts at recruitment have been fruitless. The website will be maintained for the foreseeable future, including all the scrapbooks on http://grandunionmorris.org/sbdisp.html
Great Yorkshire Morris2005-See Boars Head MM
Green Ginger Morris & Sword19681971-
Green Man's Morris and Sword Club---
Green Oak Morris Men [inc. Doncaster Mummers]1971--
Greensleeves Morris Men19261934Founder member of the Ring. See GMM History pages on their web site.
Grimsby Morris Men1969--
Hageneth Morris Men---
Handsworth Traditional Sword DancersTraditional-Link
Harthill Morris Men19761981Accepted into the MR at the Kennet Ring Meeting in 1981 receiving their membership staff from Fr Kenneth Loveless
Hartley Morris Men19521955Stansted 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 DancersTraditional-History from 1700s
Helier Morris Men19751990-
Helmond Morris Men19351976See 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 Men1891 (1976)1979Reformed in 1976. Left to join the Morris Federation 2014
Icknield Way Morris Men1950s1974-
Isca Morris Men1976--
Ilmington Morris MenTraditional-Sam Bennet's side in late 19thC. Revived 1974
Jockey Morris Men1949--
John O'Gaunt Morris (Lancaster)1968--
Kemp's Men of Norwich1956--
Kennet Morris Men19571962Danced 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 Men19751981John 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 Morris1978--
Kinnerton Morris Men1976--
Lassington Oak Morris Men1977--
Leicester Morris Men1953--
Letchworth Morris Men1922-Founder member of Ring
Leyland Morris Men1966-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 Men1930s1937-
Long Man Morris Men19781984Associate side from 1980
Lord Conyers Morris Men---
Malvern Swordsmen---
Manchester Morris Men19301936History
Martlet Sword & Morris Men19531956History: http://www.martletmorrismen.org.uk/martlet_history.html
Mayflower Morris Men19731977-
Men of Wight Morris Men---
Mendip Morris Men1956--
Mersey Morris Men1960--
Milton Morris Men1983--
Monkseaton Morris Men1955--
Mossley Morris Men1981-Tradition dates back to the early 19thC
Moulton Morris Men1972-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 Dancers19922012Colin 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 Men19751984-
Northampton Morris Men19491952-
Oakworth Village Morris Men19811984-
Offley Morris Men1955--
Oxford City Morris Men1938--
Packington Morris Men19751980-
Peterborough Morris Men1979--
Pinewoods Morris Men19641965-
Plymouth Morris Men19701975-
Ravensbourne Morris Men19471947The 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 Dancers1967--
Richmond on Swale Morris Men1973--
Ripley Morris Men1924 & 1981-stopped in 50's, then restarted 1981
Royal Liberty Morris---
Royal Preston Morris DancersLate 1800s, then 2000-Merger of Preston Royal Morris Dancers and Royal Lancashire Morris Dancers in 2000
Rumford Morris---
Rutland Morris Men19741978-
Saddleworth Morris Men1974--
Shakespeare Morris Men19591965-
Silkeborg Morris Men1976--
Silurian Border Morris Men1969--
South Shropshire Morris Men---
Southport Sword Dancers1968--
Spring Grove Morris Men19771984-
St Albans Morris Men19301934Joined The Morris Ring at the Inaugural Meeting at CSH 20/10/1934
Stafford Morris Men19571961Records of other Stafford sides before present SMM
Standon Morris Men19541977Became a mixed side in 2013
Stevenage Sword Dancers19731975Became a mixed side in 2015
Stockton Morris Men---
Sweyn's Ey Morris and Sw. Dancers (Men of)19661978Keith 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 Men19751979John Milce writes: "The Sydney Men formed in 1975, were made members of the Ring in 1979, and disbanded in 2008.
Taunton Deane Morris Men19731976-
Thames Valley Morris Men19521955-
Thaxted Morris Men19111934Founder member of Ring
Thelwall Morris Men19731976See A Long History of Thelwall Morris Men
Towersey Morris19671973Andy 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 Men19711975Trigg were admitted to the Morris Ring at the Stratford Ring Meeting in June 1975.
Het Utrecht Morris Team19791991-
Uttoxeter Heart of Oak Morris Men19551964Mac McCoig writes: Joined at the Stratford-on-Avon Morris Ring Meeting in 1964. See Uttoxer MM website
Vancouver Morris Men---
Victory Morris Men1976--
Wadard Morris Men1977--
Wantsum Morris Men19671970-
Wath upon Dearne Morris Men19721978-
Wessex Morris Men1957--
West Somerset Morris Men19651969-
Westminster Morris Men19521953Mike 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 Men1948--
White Hart Morris Men1970s--
White Horse Morris Men---
White Rose Morris Men19531959-
Winchester Morris Men1953--
Winster Morris MenTraditional-before 1863
Woodside Morris Men19561957-
Wyvern Jubilee Morris Men19771985Danced into the Ring in 1985 (Cardiff Ring 6-8 September), were Associate members from 1978
Yateley Morris Men1976--
Albion Morris Men---
Alvechurch Border Morris1989Associate in 2007-
Armitage Mummers---
Ashdown Mummers1973--
Blackheath Morris Men1970s--
Blackmore Morris Men---
Blue Anchor Morris---
Bovey Tracey Mummers---
Boyden Gate [Mummers of]---
Buckland Shag Morris Men1987--
Chameleonic Morris Men---
Charlbury Morris1984-2014 - resigned to join Morris Federation
Cinque Port Morris Men2008--
Clydeside Rapper1986-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 Men1967--
Ebor Morris Men1973--
Ferrette Morris Men2003--
Frome Valley Morris1978--
Gallus Morris Men---
Good Easter Molly Gang---
Great Yorkshire Morris---
Greenwich Morris Men---
Hexham Morris Men1976--
High Spen Blue Diamonds1926--
Hinckley Bullockers---
Hoddesdon Crownsmen---
King Stone Rappers2005--
Leominster Morris1983-Side at beginning of 20th C
Man Friday Morris Men---
Merrie England Mummers1974--
Mid Winter Mummers---
Morris 18 - 302002--
North Curry Mummers---
One Day Wonders Travelling Morris---
Plymouth Reunion Morris Men---
Rose & Castle Morris Men1977--
Saint Bees Mummers---
St Nicholas-at-Wade with Sarre Hoodeners---
Sallyport Sword Dancers1969--
Spen Valley Longsword Dancers1974--
Stockport Morris Men1984-Origin ca 1885
Stourvale Mummers---
Tarka Morris Men1991--
Thameside Mummers1971--
The Illustrious Order of Fools & Beasts,1979-http://www.foolsandbeasts.org.uk/
The (Insert Name Here) Mummers---
Welsh Border Morris Men1973--
Woodchurch Morris Men---
Yelvertoft Morris Men--