Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers at Blithfield Hall

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Date:September 1955

Description: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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Blithfield Hall, south front
Blithfield Hall, south front

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Blithfield Hall
Blithfield Hall

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Image courtesy of: Mrs R Wearing

Donor ref:P2019.012.0002 (37/40006)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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