Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

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Date:1950 - 1959 (c.)

Description:Horn dancers performing by the Butter Cross.

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 is Robert Plot's description of 1686.

There are usually 11 performers. Six dancers dressed in green jackets, breeches and green stockings, three carrying 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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1900s
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

The Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers standing by the Butter Cross. The horn dance ...

1920s
Women's shoes
Women's shoes

This 'Jenny Wren' box contains a pair of size 5 shoes. Produced in the 1920s, they ...

1950s
Abbots Bromley  Horn Dance
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

Horn Dance outside Crofts in the Market Place Abbots Bromley. The Crofts at the ...

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Donor ref:P97.004.000392 (37/11718)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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