Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers

Keeping Abingdon town tradition alive

Mister Hemmings Day of Dance 2016 - 7th May

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On 7th May 2016, Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris dancers will be hosting their annual day of dance in Abingdon. This is always held on a nearby saturday of the birthday of former Abingdon Morris dancing legend Tom Hemmings who kept the Abingdon Tradition alive in the mid 19th century.


11am : Market Place
11:30 : Black Swan
12:00 : Punchbowl
1:45: Market Place
2:30pm : Brewery Tap
3:15pm : White Horse
4pm : British Legion

Visiting Sides

  • Adderbury Village - Dancing the Adderbury Tradition
  • Ashnah - American Tribal Style Belly Dancers
  • Summertown - Women's Cotswold side from Oxford
  • Borderline - defying death, convention, speed cameras and basic physics with their unique, exciting performances.
  • Windsor - Female side dancing in the style of nineteenth century Cotswold villages of Badby and Brackley
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 07:55

Welcome to Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris

Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers.
Mr Hemmings Team
The team was formed in 1978, this was with local men who had previously danced with the Abingdon Morris and also with other men who were either born locally or have resided in the town for many years. The team has connections with a long line of Abingdon Morris dancers going back many generations and
decided to take their name from an earlier dancer "Tom Hemmings", it is in recognition of his effort and contribution to the Abingdon Morris that the present team decided to call themselves “Mr Hemmings Traditional Abingdon Morris Dancers”.

There is a current repertoire of twelve dances including a solo jig.
These are:

The Princes Royal.

The Girl I Left Behind Me.
The Curly Headed Ploughboy.
Maid of the Mill.
The Duke of Marlborough.
The Squire’s Dance.
Jockey to the Fair.
Constant Billy.
Sally Luker.
Shepherds Star and Shepherds Hey (Jig)
Nutting Girl.
Gentleman Jack.

Also documented are “Royal” versions of Maid of the Mill and Jocky to the fair, these were performed at Sidmouth Folk Festival in 1983.

The team performs during the summer months from May to September, usually at local fetes, pubs and with other morris sides around the area. On May the 6th, we dance along Ock Street to celebrate Tom Hemmings’ birthday. During the summer, we have a day of dance around Abingdon with other morris sides often joining us on the day.
Please see the calender for this years events.

Should you require any further information regarding our team and the Abingdon Morris tradition or maybe you feel you would like to give it a try, then please contact Les by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Telephone: 01235 520812

This short history about the Abingdon Morris was compiled and written by a member of the team since 1981. Thanks go to those for their help in supplying information to enable this website to materialise:

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