Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenSunday, June 23rd, 2019 at 2:43pm
Icknield Way Morris Men dancing out on the same day as Stanton Harcourt Morris! Childrey Fete, yesterday afternoon, lovely scenes.....
Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenSunday, June 23rd, 2019 at 2:10pm
A home fixture for Santon Harcourt Morris yesterday afternoon at Stanton Harcourt and Sutton Summer Festival....
Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenSunday, June 23rd, 2019 at 1:28pm
Great pics from Wednesday night at The Ferryman's Inn, Bablock Hythe. with Eynsham Morris and Kirtlington Morris....thanks Carolyn Gilman 🙂
Peter de Courcy
Peter de CourcyFriday, June 21st, 2019 at 6:27pm
Cotswold News!
Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris MenSunday, June 16th, 2019 at 9:15pm
2019 60th Anniversary souvenir programme! Can be picked up at the Vale & Downland Museum and Wantage Library.
Icknield Way Morris Men
Icknield Way Morris Men shared a post.Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 12:30pm
Another great father and son pic.... Happy Father's Day!

Icknield Way Morris Men processional

Icknield Way Morris Men are a nationally known Morris dancing side that perform at festivals, weddings, parties and shows all over the country. We are mainly found dancing in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire, but are usually seen performing outside pubs in the Vale of White Horse.

The Morris has been danced in Wantage since at least 1565 where churchwardens accounts show that 16d was paid for 'a dasson morys belles' and in 1590, 'lyveries' (costumes) were provided by John Eshmond for 4s 6d. The last reference to the Morris locally was in 1885 when the Morris was danced by 'laddes of ye Royal Burgh of Wantage' before the sports began at Betterton House.  Nothing is known concerning the side who danced, but the dance was referred to Cecil Sharp in 1910 but unfortunately there are no records of any Wantage variations of the Morris dance.

We perform traditional Morris dances from Oxfordshire villages. We also perform all dances recovered from the Stanton Harcourt tradition for which we are the guardians and sometimes dance out as Stanton Harcourt Morris. The village of Stanton Harcourt also had its own team of dancers active until the mid 19th century. The main Stanton Harcourt 'man of the morris' however, was John Potter (1813 - 1892) who played the pipe & tabor (also fiddle) for the morris all over Oxfordshire and his skill with the pipe was legendary ("He could almost make un speak!").

Fortunately, we also have many musicians in The Side and can provide all round entertainment for many occasions.

We are always pleased to welcome new members.

"They dance for joy. And joy represents the true spirit of England"
... quote from the Daily Mail, 3rd May 2005


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60th Anniversary

During 2019, we will be celebrating our

60th Anniversary of Dancing

If you once danced with The Side, please do get in touch and we will tellmore about the celebrations planned.

Wantage Mummers

Following their successful Boxing Day performances, Wantage Mummers made a donation of £1750 to Helen and Douglas House; a donation of £250 was also made to Young Epilepsy that included a contribution from Icknield Way Morris Men


Foot-Up Shop

Buy for 2018. Proceeds donated to the Charity supported for this year.

Lost Morris - Audio album from the English Folk Dance Project
- Audio album from English Folk Dance Project featuring Icknield Musicians

60th Anniversary Enamel Badge