Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers

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Date:1st of September 1899 - 14th of September 1899 (c.)

Description:Three horn dancers stand with a melodeon player in front of St. Nicholas' Church doorway, Abbots Bromley.

The horn dance is an annual event which takes place on the first Monday after the first Sunday after the 4th of September. The tradition is believed to date back to 1226 when it was part of a three day event celebrating St. Bartholomew's Day (24th August), although the earliest documentary evidence dates from the mid-18th century.

There are usually 11 performers. Six dancers dressed in green jackets, breeches and green stockings, three wearing white painted reindeer horns, the other three, black horns. In addition there are the Fool, the Hobby-horse, Maid Marion, a cross-bow bearer (often a small boy), and a melodeon player.


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1890s
Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers
Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers

Two of the characters from the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, the Hobby Horse and the ...

1920s
Tearoom, Abbots Bromley
Tearoom, Abbots Bromley

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1960s
Cat marionette, Walford Puppets
Cat marionette, Walford Puppets

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Creators: Mr Benjamin Stone - Creator

Image courtesy of: Birmingham Central Library

Donor ref:94.005.0001 (37/11518)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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