Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, Admaston

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Date:8th of September 2003

Description:The Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers performing in Admaston village.

The horn dance is an annual event which takes place on the first Monday after the first Sunday after 4th 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 or 12 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), a triangle player, and a melodeon player.

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Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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