In the small West Oxfordshire town of Bampton (Bampton-in-the-bush) Morris dancing has a very long history, and the Morris is taken quite seriously. Bampton is one of the very few English towns or villages with a unique Morris tradition that has an unbroken history stretching back centuries. The Bampton Morris dances are among the most popular of the dances favoured by revival Morris sides in England and throughout the world. Today Bampton has no fewer than three Morris sides (or teams) representing the tradition.

Welcome to the web home of the Traditional Bampton Morris Dancers where you can learn about the Bampton Morris as embodied in the history and dances of our side.


In Memoriam

C_Adams2.jpgIt is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of Charlie Adams, son of our Squire Lawrence and his wife Carol. Charlie was a member of our side since his early teens, a time captured on the cover of the Morris Ring's booklet The Morris Tradition. Charlie died on February 10 at the age of 34 and he leaves a son, Cameron, and a daughter, Millie. His dancing, laughter, and pungent commentary whenever "Flowers of Edinburgh" was called will be missed by all his Bampton comrades.

Charlie's funeral took place on Monday, 13 March at the Church of St Mary with a large number of family members, friends and fellow Morris dancers of Bampton in attendance. The family requests that any memorial donations be given to charities Mind or See Saw.

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