Wells Week 2018 – Morris Dance

The Taddington Morris dance comes back to Taddington! Saturday 18th August.

By Felicity Dent

On Saturday 18th August, the first day of Taddington’s Well Dressing and Flower Festival, at 12.15 and 2pm in Taddington village churchyard, Winster Morris will be dancing…and, as part of their display , will dance the Taddington Morris dance. This was first recorded in newspaper reports in the Derbyshire Times between 1880 and 1899. This original dance and its history was researched by the late Dave Bathe*, a member of the Winster team, who was instrumental in the adoption of the dance by Winster,as a tribute to the Taddington Morris team, which had disbanded several decades earlier.

We would be delighted if you could come and join us on that afternoon to enjoy the display.
The Saturday opens a full week of festivities in the village, with two well dressings (the main one in the churchyard and another at the hamlet of Blackwell one mile down the road) and a beautiful flower festival inside the church. Homemade sandwiches and cakes are available throughout the week in the refreshments marquee.

For full details of Taddington’s Wells Week activities please visit the Wells Week 2018 section on this website.

For information on Winster Morris, email [email protected]

*Acknowledgement: Dave Bathe, ‘Oddfellows and Morris Dancing in a Peak District Village’, Folk Music Journal, 5, no. 1 (1985), 4-47.