Abbots Bromley, The Annual Horn Dance c.1955

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Caption for Abbots Bromley, the Annual Horn Dance c1955: Every year, on the first Monday after the Sunday following 4 September, the Horn Dance is performed in Abbots Bromley. No one knows how old the dance is; it could easily predate the Norman Conquest, and its meaning is also lost to us. Ten dancers take part accompanied by two musicians. The dancers include a maid (Maid Marian), a jester, a man on a hobby-horse, a boy with a bow and arrow and six men wearing antlers.

An extract from Staffordshire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Abbots Bromley


My twin & I attended The School of S.Mary & S. Anne in Abbots Bromley from 1960-1968; two younger sisters joined us later. Swimming lessons took place in this unheated outdoor pool during the summer term. I well remember divesting our warm uniforms, in the covered changing room alongside the pool, (...Read full memory)

Myself and my husband Tony were landlords of the Goats Head from July 1976 till October 1991. Memories of the Horn Dance, me and the barmaids dressed as serving wenches, also we had bar-b-ques in the garden and folk groups playing in the pub, also joining in with the dancers. Those's horns are very (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Abbots Bromley, the Annual Horn Dance c1955: Every year, on the first Monday after the Sunday following 4 September, the Horn Dance is performed in Abbots Bromley. No one knows how old the dance is; it could easily predate the Norman Conquest, and its meaning is also lost to us. Ten dancers take part accompanied by two musicians. The dancers include a maid (Maid Marian), a jester, a man on a hobby-horse, a boy with a bow and arrow and six men wearing antlers.

An extract from Staffordshire Photographic Memories.

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