The Morris Films of Lionel Bacon

by Garland Films, Lionel Bacon

Warning:  This DVD is coded for Europe, US DVD players will not play it.  Computer DVD drives should.

Lionel Bacon was born in 1910 and in 1929 went up to Trinity College, Cambridge where he read medicine. He became a keen morris dancer and was admitted to the Cambridge Morris Men in 1932. Whilst with that club, known when touring as the Travelling Morrice, he had the opportunity of meeting, and unusually for that period, of filming both traditional dancers and the revival of the inter-war years. He later joind the London Pride Morris Men in London, and was instrumental in the formation of both the Whitchurch and Winchester teams.

This DVD shows clips of the following occasions and dance teams:

  • Travelling Morrice in the Welsh Marches 1932
  • Travelling Morrice in the Cotswolds 1933
  • Cambridge Morris Men at Ringstead Mill, Norfolk 1934
  • Thaxted Morris Weekend 1934
  • Travelling Morrice in Derbyshire - 1934
  • Travelling Morrice in Suffolk 1935
  • Dance tour to Somerset 1935
  • Thaxted Ring Meeting 1936
  • Wargrave Ring Meeting 1936
  • Thaxted Ring Meeting 1937
  • Travelling Morrice in the Cotswolds 1937
  • Bampton Whit Monday 1935
  • Collecting at Bampton 1936
  • Whitchurch Day of Dance 1950

The above feature, amongst others, Henry Hathaway of Swell (1933), William Wells (1935-6), William Kimber (1936 & 1950), The Bampton Morris Men (1935-36), The Headington Quarry Morris Men (1950), The Eynsham Morris (1937), The Chipping Campden Morris (1937), the Winster Morris (1934) and Henry Hemmings of Abingdon (1936), as well as Ring personalities such as Joseph Needham, Alec Hunter, Kenworthy Schofield, Douglas Kennedy, Arthur Peck, Russell Wortley and Walter Abson.

A closely researched commentary is provided. The material was originally shot on 9.5mm film and although every effort has been made to enhance this, the quality often remains poor.


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