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NameAffiliationDate ClosedDate FoundedLocationCountryStyle(s)GenderBCGLMNOPRFirst SquireFounded / Supported bySupported sides or offspring Web SiteEarliest Record of Morris in areaEarlier Sides in the areaNotesCurrent contactEmail contactFool(s)Beast(s)UpdatedBrief Costume Details
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Abingdon Traditional Morris DancersMorris RingTraditionalAbingdon, OxfordshireUKC (Abingdon only)MaleYhttp://abingdonmorris.org.uk1560 - St Helens Church records entry "two dossin of Morres belles".Holder of the Ock Street Horns. Side's squire is the mock mayor of Ock Street elected on the closest Saturday to June 19th.Steven Greenbagman.atmd@gmail.comRoger Cox, Duncan Brown26-Nov-2014White shirts/trousers. Green/Yellow baldricks with Ock Street horns emblem. Top hats decorated with flowers. Red neckerchief. Red/Yellow/Blue belts and bells.
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Adderbury Village Morris Men
19750000Adderbury, OxfordshireUKCMaleYBryan SheppardBryan Sheppard www.adderburyvillagemorrismen.co.uk1800sAfter the tradition was once again revived by Bryan Sheppard and Tim Radford in 1975 all but one village resident members of the Adderbury Morris Men left to form the Adderbury Village Morris Men due to various differences of opinion at the first AGM.Edd Frostedd @ eddfrost.com
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Adelaide Hills Morris & Country
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Adlington Morris Men [incl Adlington Mummers]Morris Ring & Morris Federation1964Woodford, nr Stockport, Cheshire.UKC,P.Male
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Albion Fair MorrisAustralian Morris Ring19750000Sydney, AustraliaAustraliaNMixedYwww.geocities.com/albionfair/1970sHave been a women's side until 2007 but now have a regluar bloke - so we are definitely mixed!Emma Grayalbionfair @ yahoo.comRed short sleeved cotton tunic dress, shin length. Black sleeveless overtunic slightly shorter on top. Black stockings or socks, red or black clogs with bells.
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Albion Morris MenMorris Ring-
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Aldbury Morris MenMorris Ring1969
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Alford Morris (World Famous)Open MorrisTBA19771110Alford, LincolnshireUKC,B,MixedYYMichel DucosGrimsby Morris Menwww.alfordmorris.comWent mixed-sex because of Ring attitude, left RingPatrick Purvesppurves @ aol.comHorse(s) - Rob Starchy Anderson14/10/08
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Alvechurch Border MorrisMorris Ring1989Alvechurch, Worcestershire
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Anker Morris MenMorris Ring1975
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Anstey Morris MenMorris Ring (formerly Fed)19831000Anstey, Leics.UKCMaleYex-Blackheath MM membershttp://www.ansteymorris.com1599 Morris dancers arrested in Leicester: http://www.philpreen.co.uk/folk/morris/Leicester1599Morris.htmLeicester Morris MenSide full name is Everards Original Anstey Morrismen to reflect sponsorship.Phil Preen
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Armitage MummersMorris Ring-
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Ashdown ForestMorris Ring19720000Ashdown Forest, SussexUKCMaleYDerek UsherDerek Usher, Steve cairns, ex-Wantsum Morris memberswww.afmm.org.ukKevin Murphybagman @ afmm.org.ukThe Badger14Oct2008
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Ashdown MummersMorris Ring1973
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BaltiMorrisCDSS1994050019800000BaltimoreUSACMixedYBarbara MorrisonWe put the Odd in Oddington
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Bampton Morris Dancers (Traditional Bampton Morris Dancers)Morris RingTraditionalBampton, OxonUKC (Bampton only)MaleYwww.traditionalbamptonmorris.org.uk>400 years by local traditionBampton MorrisBampton has 3 sides. In addition to us there is Bampton Traditional Morris Dancers and Bampton Morris Men. See our website for the complicated history.Lawrence Adams(Via website form)Traditional clown6-Feb-2014White shirt, trowsers, waistcoat, bowler hat with red,blue,gold ribbon, sleeve ribbons of red and gold, 'fluffy' bells
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banburycross19770000Boston, MAUSACchildren (mixed)Yhttp://www.angelfire.com/folk/banburycross/1960sfirst children's side in the Boston area
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Banchory-Ternan Morris MenMorris Ring1975
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Barnsley Longsword DancersMorris Ring1968
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Bath City1997000019670000BathUKCMaleYTubby Reynoldswww.ukppg.org.uk/bathcitymorris.html
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Bath City 21997000019730000BathUKFemaleBetty Reynoldswww.ukppg.org.uk/bathcitymorris.html
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Bathampton Morris MenMorris Ring-
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Beaux of London CityMorris Ring-
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Bedford Morris MenMorris Ring1932BedfordUKC, B, N, PMalewww.bedfordmorrismen.org.ukEmberton MM [near Olney, Bucks] - archive is held by BMMFounded in 1932, largely from ex pupils of Clapham Road, now Livingstone School, who wanted to continue dancing the morris they had learned at school.  Now in 2012 celebrating 80th anniversaryIAN DAYEian.daye@btinternet.comBeaky - the Bedford eagleBlue Britches, Blue baldric with orange trimmings, Blue "Bunyan" hat with two Bedford badges, white socks
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Beggars' Oak ClogMorris Federation19831012StaffordshireUKG, NFemale, mixed bandYYChristina WallisPeter Wallis, Ruth Cole, Lit Appleby, Gill Edwards, Tony Edwardswww.beggars-oak.org.ukBeryl Ripponmail@beggars-oak.org.uk22-Oct-2008Black top hat with pheasant feathers, black faces, black & amber rag waistcoats, black shirt and calf length cords, amber socks, bells & ribbons at elbows & knees, bells on black footwear (docs, reeboks), shades, black leather fingerless gloves. Metal wrist bangles, tattoos & pentacles optional but ubiquitous. Musicians: black & amber rags over black goth-glam-hippy gear. No badges, sequins, tinsel, lame, boas or other tawdry bling.
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Belchamp Morris Men-
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Belfagan Women's MorrisMorris Federation19810000Cockermouth, CumbriaUKNFemaleYThrostle's Nesthttp://www.belfagan.org.ukCumberland Morris MenBelfagan was created when there was some sort of "falling out" amongst the members of Throstle's Nest, based in Wigton. Some members left to form Belfagan, while other's remained in TN, which only survived a short while after the split, despite the fact that they took all the musicians with them.ally McGurk ally @ belfagan.org.uk Pinafore dresses in individual fabrics (but a touch of red must be included in the pattern) with cherry red underskirts. A white petticoat is worn underneath, with a little embroidery showing under the skirt. Hankies with loops are carried on buttons on each side of the dress, and ribbons are also fixed here. White blouses: sleeve length depends on the season and the style depends on where we can obtain a set of matching blouses. Maroon tights in winter, maroon socks in summer. Maroon clogs with bells and ribbons. Musicians try to wear something in the same shade of red, but don't have kit as such, and everyone has maroon fleeces with the Belfagan sheep logo.
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Belswagger MorrisAustralian Morris Ring19900000Southern Queensland, based in ToowoombaAustraliaCMixedYKen Walsh, Gerry Amos, Mike Power, Joan Chenery, Yvonne Walsh and Ronnie Neal ex-Moreton Bay (Aust) members Sean & Debbie Arthur and Kim Brown and musicians for Adelaide Morris Ronnie Neal and Greg (Gecko) McGilveryMorrice Rampant 1995 to 1999None in Toowoomba but early Morris sides in BrisbaneOriginally started as dual side (ladies dancing Northwest, Men dancing Cotswold) however became combined Cotswold side around 1998Gerry Amosgerry_amos @ yahoo.com.auLast fool - Geoff Brown15-Oct-2008
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Benfieldside Morris and Sword DancersMorris Ring1963
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Berkeley MorrisBay Area Country Dance Society19770000Berkeley, CAUSAC, some BMixedYYBrad Foster (?)Emperor Norton's Guardhttp://www.berkeley-morris.org/
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Betty Lupton's Ladle LaikersMorris Federation19770000Harrogate, North YorkshireUKOwnFemalewww.bettyluptonsladlelaikers.org.uk
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Binghamton Morris Men19731201Binghamton, NYUSACMaleYJohn DexterJohn Dexter1973Specializes in the Bampton tradition. Was first "single step" Bampton side in USAJohn Dexterdexvla @ aol.com
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Black Eye'd Susans198719820000Baltimore, MDUSAR, LFemaleYYDiane SchmitGrew out of a rapper workshop delivered by Dave MacemonDave Macemon
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Black Sheep Morris Dancers20010200Bowen Island, BCCANBMixedYBob Doucetwww.bowenblacksheep.ca1982(?) Vancouver MorrisVancouver Morris, Tiddley CoveMorrisBowen Island is an island of 4000, near Vancouver - almost all dancers live within a couple of miles of each other, supporting strong community connectionsBob Doucetbob @ bobdoucet.com
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Blackheath Morris MenMorris Ring1968London SE3, UKUKwww.blackheathmorris.com
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Blackmore Morris MenMorris Ring-
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Bloomington Quarry MorrisMidwest Morris Ale 19970400Bloomington, IndianaUSAC, some L,M,B over the yearsMixedYYYYFrank HallCDSS & Berea dance schools and a Fred Breunig (sp?) workshopWhite River Morris (Muncie IN) c. 1997-8http://www.bloomington.in.us/~morris1977none knownJim Morgan
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Blue Anchor Morris-
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Bluemont MorrisCDSS200519780000Bluemont, VAUSAC, some LJoint, Mixed at EndYYHoward BassFoggy Bottom, Albemarle MM (?)
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Boar's Head Morris MenMorris Ring200519720000BradfordUKC, L & RMaleYYY?Upon Folding, merged to give birth to Great Yorkshire Morris based in Pool, HarrogateN/A
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Bourne River MorrisMorris Ring19670000around BournemouthUKCotswoldMale dancers with lady musician(s)YFrank Claytonhttp://www.bournerivermorris.org.uk Foresters Morris Men, joined the Ring as associate members in June 1936 as Bournemouth Morris Men,Geoff Knapmanbrm-gbk@ knapmang.demon.co.uk9-Oct-2013
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Bouwerie Boys Morris Dancers19790901New York CityUSACMaleYJohn DexterJohn Dexter, 3 others from Binghamton MM1968, the Village Morris Men; otherwise, Morris classes at CDSThe Village Morris MenDance primarily Sherborne + odds and sods occasional other danceJohn Dexterdexvla @ aol.com
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Bovey Tracey MummersMorris Ring-
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Boyden Gate [Mummers of]Morris Ring-
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Brackley Morris MenTraditional
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Brandragon North West Clog MorrisAustralian Morris RingMelbourne, VICAustraliaNMixedYYYYYhttp://brandragon.morris.org.au/Britannia Morris MenStephanie Swanson, Squirebrandragon@morris.org.au17-Nov-2009Skirts kit: shin length green skirts edged in black lace and ribbon, black shirts, black stockings full length. Pants kit: Red and green striped "Rabbitohs" socks, green shirt. All wear black shoes or clogs, a red waistcoat with dragon logo on the back. Badges may be worn, the dragon may be decorated at will. Ivy garlands on the head decorated in red, green and black plus one other colour.
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Braybrooke Morris DancersOpen Morris19890000Braybrooke, NorthamptonshireUKC, BMixedYYwww.harboroughonline.co.uk/braybrookemorrisPauline Dawes (secretary) or via websitekeithnockels @ googlemail.com17-Nov-2008
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Brindabella North West MorrisAustralian Morris RingCanberra, ACTAustraliaNFemaleYCanberra Morris Men15-Oct-2008
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Bristol Morris MenMorris Ring19510000BristolUKCYYwww.bristolmorrismen.co.ukSquire & Bagman via websitesquire @ bristolmorrismen.co.uk
YesHorse; Nelson (deer, retired).9-Jan-2009
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Britannia Coconut DancersMorris RingTraditionalBacup, Lancashire
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Britannia Morris MenAustralian Morris Ring19790000VictoriaAustraliaC, PMaleYYSimon LevertonSimon Leverton, Dave Alleway, Dave RackhamBrandragon Morris - supported their foundation in 2001http://www.britannia.org.au/Early 1970's - Plenty MorrisPlenty MorrisDavid Purduegigs @ britannia.org.auYes, but they always forget to.Hector the horse23-Dec-2008Whites, with blue waistcoat and straw boater hat, black shoes. No badges on the waistcoat except for the official team badge. Hat may be decorated with flowers to the individual's taste. Red belchers are worn at the discretion of the Squire. White socks. Lily white. Always white and never any other colour for the socks.
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Britannic Bedlam Morris Gentlemen19820222WellingtonNZCMaleYwww.morrisdancing.org.nzPride of Holland Street, White Rose of WellingtonDave Barnes
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Broadwood Sword & Morris MenMorris Ring1972
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Buckland Shag Morris MenMorris Ring19860901ReigateUKC, MMaleYYDavid BunnMark RogersRampant Rooster started after some members split from BSMMhttp://www.bucklandshag.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Corn Dollies Ladies MorrisAround the late '80's, early '90's it did have women dancing at practice and for 'away' tours; never for 'home' spots.Mark Rogers
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Buckland Shag Morris Men1987
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Bunnies From HellOpen Morris1993WanderingUKCMixedyn/aGary GrindallAlways something pink
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Bury FairOpen Morris19760000Female
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Cam Valley Morris MenMorris Ring-
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Cambridge Morris Men [On tour aka The Travelling Morrice]Morris Ring1911-12
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Cardiff Ladies19730000CFemaleY
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Cardiff MorrisMorris Federation
(ex-Morris Ring)
19700000CardiffWalesC, O (Welsh)Non-gender specificYYVic StreetVic StreetIsca Morrismen (split from Cardiff MM in 1976.)www.cardiffmorris.orgEvidence of a side in Cardiff in the early 50's.See Earliest record (column V)Started as Cardiff Morrismen, went open in 2004.Tom Holtbagman@
cardiffmorris.org
Dragon27-Nov-2014Red/white/black Welsh-weave baldrics with Welsh dragon passant on front, De Clare Arms (Glamorgan) on back, red/green alternating looped bellpads, white shirt, black trousers, no hats.
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Cardiff Morris Men (see above)1970
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Carlton Morris MenMorris Ring198019720000NottinghamUKCMaleYStephen GeeDolphin Morris MenSee as for Dolphin Morris Menandy.padmore @ ntlworld.com
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Castleford Sword DancersMorris Ring1969
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Chalice Morris MenMorris Ring1970s
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Chameleonic Morris MenMorris Ring-
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Chanctonbury Ring Morris MenMorris Ring19530900SussexUKC,N,PMaleYYYGeoff BiggsShoreham Country Dance ClubUniversity of Sussex, Brighton Morris Men and Broadwood Morris Menhttp://www.crmm.org.uk/Arundel Sword Team (1930s)Richard Lelliottbagman @ crmm.org.ukYesYes - dragon20-Oct-2008
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Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris MenMorris Ring1975DerbyshireUKCMaleYJim Hirsthttp://www.chapelmorris.orgArthur McArdleLAMcardle@aol.comYesStanley (bull)19-Sep-2012White shirt, Black Breeches, white socks, black shoes. Flowered straw hats. Green/yellow baldricks with stag head rosette
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Charlbury MorrisMorris Federation1984Charlbury, OxfordshireUKCMalehttp://www.charlburymorris.org.ukWe are in historical Fieldtown area(via website form)Yesn6-Feb-2014White with red & green baldric, green hankies, Top hat (mostly)
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Cheaspeake SwordCDSS199419850000Baltimore, MDUSAR, LMixedYYDave MacemonCheasepeake was active on and off over those years. from 1989 - 1994 team was "on" full timeDave Macemon
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Chelmsford MorrisMorris Federation19721100Chelmsford, EssexUKC B N solo clogJointYYYGary DavisChelmsford Folk Clubwww.chelmsford-morris.org.uk1934-37 Nothing knownMen's side started 1972. Ladies' side first danced out May 1979. Junior side 2002.Brian Hamblingbhambling@blueyonder.co.ukEagle
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Chester City Morris MenMorris Ring-
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Cheswold Morris Men19831977DoncasterUKC BMaleYYPaul SlaterBreakaway members of Green Oak Morris MenFounded by breakaway members of Green Oak Morris Men and ex-members of High Melton Morris Men who had never joined Green Oak.14/10/2008
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Chipping Campden Morris MenMorris RingTraditional
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Cinque Ports Morris MenMorris Ring (Associates)20080103Kent & East SussexUKCMaleYPeter Brookwww.cinqueportmorrismen.orgPeter Brookinfo @ cinqueportmorrismen.orgHorse12/10/2008
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City of Gloucester MummersMorris Ring-
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Claro Sword & Morris MenMorris Ring1979?
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Clydeside RapperMorris Ring1986
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Colchester Morris MenMorris Ring1926 then 1953
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Colne Royal Morris MenMorris Ring-
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Copperfield ClogMorris Federation19910000KentUKN GFemaleYYLiz Rosenthalwww.copperfield-clog.org.ukSt Clements ClogFounded by three dancers from St Clement Clogs in the village of Higham. Early years had many mums and daughters involved.Jan Clarkecopclog@aol.com10-Jan-2009White sailor-style blouses with rust brown skirts, dark brown tights and brown leather/wooden soled clogs.
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Coton Morris MenMorris Ring19950000CambridgeshireUKCotswoldMale dances with Lady musiciansDo not have squires as suchTim Bradfordwww.cotonmorrismen.co.ukcoton.morris @ gmx.com13-Oct-2008
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Coton Village Morris MenMorris Ring-
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Cottonmill Clog
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Coventry Morris MenMorris Ring1931
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Coventry MummersMorris Ring1966
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CrendonMorris Ring19670000Long Crendon, BucksUKCMaleYDennis Manners of Oxford City http://crendonmorris.org
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Crendon Morris MenMorris Ring1967
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Cromwell Morris MenMorris Ring1992000019820000HuntingdonshireUKCMaleYMark Tiveycoton.morris @ gmx.comnono12-Oct-2008
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Cry Havoc Botley MorrisMorris Federation19930000Botley, OxfordUKCMixedYPaul FerretPaul Ferret of Towersey ArmalegganRoger Rowerogerinhaddenham @ gmail.com
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Cumberland Morris MenMorris Ring-
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Cup Hill MorrisMorris Ring19690501Godalming SurreyUKCMaleyYY
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Curfew MorrisMorris Ring1939 (est)1935 (est)ChertseyUKCMaleY4 ex-Curfew founded Thames Valley MM23-Nov-2012
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Dacre MorrisMorris Federation19811100Lewisham, SE LondonUKCWomenY?Blackheath Ladies, then Hornfairhttp://www.freewebs.com/dacre-morris/29th May 1660: Charles II greeted by morris dancers on BlackheathBlackheath Morris Men; Wheatsheaf Morris Mens.j.croftss.j.crofts @ gre.ac.uk
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Daisy RootsMorris Federation200319770000HastingsUKCWomenYCas BurgessMad JacksHannahs cat, OojakapivvyMad Jacksbogiekeef @ tiscali.co.uk
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Dalesend MorrisOpen Morris199719890900Bedale. N YorksUKC, M, LMixedYYYChris HallRichmondshire MM, Swaledale MMchairofom @ supanet.com
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Darlington MummersMorris Ring-
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Dartington Morris MenMorris Ring19680900South DevonUKCMaleYwww.dartingtonmorrismen.org.ukTwo previous Dartington Morris sides dancing in the Totnes area; one side at about 1900, apparently a ‘vagabond’ side dancing in bare feet; the other in the 1930s, with strong links with Dartington Hallbagman @ dartingtonmorrismen.org.ukJohn Sinnot ('JR'); and his apprentice Tim SercombeHorse, 'Champernowne', ridden by Lionel Harper8-Jul-2011White shirt, sleeves rolled up; red baldricks with the Dartington crest of a white hart on a red rose; black breeches; white wavers; bells with red and gold ribbons; white socks, black shoes.
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Datchet Border MorrisMorris Ring & Morris Federation19610000Datchet, BerksUKB, LMale dancersYYJohn Hyltonhttp://www.datchetbordermorris.org.ukCotswold until about 1995dave @ legg.org.uk
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