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Bledington is a village on the border with Oxfordshire. Charles Benfield was the main informant for the tunes, most of which were noted by Cecil Sharp at Benfield’s house at Bould (Oxon), a hamlet in Idbury parish about a mile from Bledington (Glos). William and Nancy was also collected by George Butterworth, who is our only source for Trunkles and Ladies of Pleasure, the latter played by Ted Gibbs.
The Travelling Morris visited Bledington in 1923 and danced, first to John Hitchman and later to Charles Benfield, several of the dances that had been collected from them and published by Cecil Sharp, Herbert Macilwaine and George Butterworth. This visit led to the collection of a number of dances not published in The Morris Book, some of which, marked RKS in the index below, were published by R Kenworthy Schofield, (1934) Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society Vol 1 (3) pp 147-151, Morris Dances from Bledington. Hey Away was noted by AL Peck from (George?) Hathaway in 1929.
C. Sharp also obtained Old Woman Tossed up from Richard Bond at Icomb.
AJP Arthur L Peck
CB Charles Benfield
CJS Cecil J Sharp
GB George Butterworth
GH (George?) Hathaway
JH John Hickman
RB Richard Bond
RKS R Kenworthy Schofield
TG Ted Gibbs
Apart from the tunes listed above, a number of others are known, of which I have not been able to consult the sources. The following are mentioned in L. Bacon, Handbook of Morris Dancing:
Billy Boy (Constant Billy)
Flowers of Edinburgh
The Cuckoo’s Nest
Jockie to the Fair
There are also further versions of some of the tunes above.