Icknield Way Morris Men, an Oxfordshire side from the Vale of White Horse, perform Cotswold Morris dances and are guardians of the Stanton Harcourt tradition

Who Are We?

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.

Wantage Morris

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 it was danced by 'laddes of ye Royal Burgh of Wantage' before the sports began at Lockinge House.  Nothing is known concerning the side who danced, but the dance was referred to Cecil Sharp in 1910.  Unfortunately, there are no records of any Wantage variations of the Morris dance.

What We Dance

The Side performs 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 as well, as the fiddle, for the morris all over Oxfordshire. Indeed, his skill with the pipe was legendary that it was said "He could almost make un speak!".

Fortunately, we also have many musicians in The Side today 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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Lost Morris - Audio album from the English Folk Dance Project

- Audio album from English Folk Dance Project featuring Icknield Musicians

 

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Icknield Way Morris MenTuesday, August 9th, 2022 at 3:45pm
Looking forward to tomorrow night!
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Icknield Way Morris MenTuesday, August 9th, 2022 at 11:39am
Great memories from last year - join us again this Sat 13 Aug, 10.30am on White Horse Hill Uffington NT with Cry Havoc, Summertown Morris, Garston Gallopers Theale Tattoo and The Vale Islanders!
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Icknield Way Morris MenSunday, August 7th, 2022 at 7:11pm
The whole programme....
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Icknield Way Morris MenSaturday, August 6th, 2022 at 9:28pm
Next Sat 13 Aug White Horse Folk Festival day of dance with Cry Havoc, Garston Gallopers, Summertown Morris, Ridgeway Step Clog, Theale Tattoo and The Vale Islanders

Dancing at White Horse Hill Uffington NT, The Bear Hotel , Wantage, King Alfred's Head, The Bell at Grove and Bay tree Pub!
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Icknield Way Morris MenFriday, August 5th, 2022 at 9:31am
The beer for White Horse Folk Festival (12-14 Aug) from The Loose Cannon Brewery:
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Icknield Way Morris MenTuesday, August 2nd, 2022 at 8:31pm
Wed 3 Aug, 8pm
The Great Shefford, Great Shefford
with Garston Gallopers!

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