The Lymm Morris - Library

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1. Reproduced with kind permission of The Morris Ring
2. Reproduced with kind permission of The Warrington Guardian
3. Reproduced with kind permission of Gary Skentelbury at Warrington Worldwide
4. Reproduced with kind permission from the  author
5. Thanks to EFDSS for providing publication advice.
6. Out of Copyright
7. Reproduced with kind permission of Compton Verney Art Gallery (and Lucy Wright)
8. From "The British Newspaper Archive"

Publications from The Lymm Morris

  1. A pictorial history of the Lymm Dance (2Mb pdf download)
    All the photographs that we have of the Lymm Morris Dancers laid out in approximate chronological order with notes.
    (If you have others then a copy/scan would be appreciated)
  2. The Lymm Dance notation (22kb pdf document)
    Designed to be printed back to back and folded to give an A5 leaflet with extensive notation of The Lymm Dance.
  3. Exhibition about the Lymm Dance - Lymm Library April-May 2003 (950Kb pdf document)
    The text and pictures of a small exhibition that was in Lymm Library to "advertise" our workshop on the Lymm Dance.
  4. Morris Dancing in Lymm - Revival of the old dance and development of the new (2.7Mb pdf download)
    An account of Geoff Bibby's research into the Old Lymm dance and a summary of other morris dancing in the Lymm area.
    The booklet (print at A5) is illustrated with all the current known photographs of the old Lymm Dance teams.
    Edited and reproduced in The Morris Ring Circular in May 2010 - see below

The Lymm Dance

  1. The Lymm (Cheshire) Morris Dance, Journal of the EFDSS, v.VI (3), (1951), p.100-1. (pdf4)
  2. Lymm, Cheshire. Notes from a collector's diary. G. Bibby. Journal of the EFDSS, (1981). p.2-9. (pdf4)
  3. The Morris in Cheshire. G. Bibby. The Morris Ring (Circular), (5), (Apr 1984), p.7-9. (pdf4)
  4. Morris Dancing in Lymm: Revival of the old dance and development of the new. The Morris Dancer, v.IV (2),  (May 2010), p.40-54. (pdf1)

Lymm Rushbearing

  1. [Lymm Festivals]. G. Ormerod, p,LIV of History of Cheshire vol.1. 1819. (image6)
  2. Lymm Rushbearing Poster from 1858. (image
  3. Lymm Rushbearing. Revival of an Old Village Custom. Warrington Guardian, Date unknown. (pdf2)
  4. The Rush-Cart. p.75 of Rush-Bearing : An Account of the Old Custom of Strewing Rushes Carrying Rushes to Church; The Rush-Cart; Garlands in Churches; Morris-Dancers; The Wakes ; The Rush.  A Burton. 1891. (image, pdf6)
  5. Lymm Cross and Rushbearing. S. Cash. Cheshire Notes and Queries, v.7 (2), (1906-7), p.74-81.  (pdf6)
  6. Rushbearing. Arden's Illustrated Guides to Lymm & District. [1913]. (pdf6)

Press Cuttings

  1. [Report of the 1848 Lymm Rushbearing]. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 19 Aug 1848 (image8)
  2. [Report of the 1850 Lymm Rushbearing]. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 24 Aug 1850 (image8)
  3. [Report of the 1853 Lymm Rushbearing]. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 20 Aug 1853 (image8)
  4. Lymm: Serious Burglary Case. Warrington Guardian, 27 Aug 1859 (image2)
  5. Report on James Holt "Burglary at Lymm" court case. Chester Chronicle, 17 Dec 1859 (image6)
  6. [Report of the 1865 Lymm Rushbearing]. Warrington Guardian, 19 Aug 1865 (image8)
  7. Lymm Wakes. [Warrington Guardian], 16 August 1873 (image / pdf2)
  8. Letter from Lymm a Resident Describing Rushbearing possibly specifically referring to Lymm Rushbearing
    (Includes a description of the [unique] Lymm Dance)
    . Manchester Weekly Times, 16 Nov 1889 (image8)
  9. [Report of the decline of Lymm Rushbearing]. Warrington Guardian, 15 Aug 1903  (image8)
  10. [Report of the 1907 Lymm Rushbearing - including mention of Knutsford Royal may Day]. East London Advertiser, 6 Apr 1907 (image8)
  11. Memories of Lymm Rushbearing when a boy. Framlington Weekly News, 8 December 1935 (image8)
  12. "Yankee Doodle" dance revived. Holiday discovery delights Gladys, Lymm Guardian, 8 Sep 1983. (image2)
  13. Dance is part of Lymm tradition (letters page), Lymm Guardian, 17 Sep 1983. (image2)
  14. Fearnhead WI Report, Warrington Guardian, 18 Sep 1987. (image2)
  15. Rushbearing Festival [report], Warrington Guardian, 18 Aug 1989. (image2)
  16. [Lymm] Rushbearing Ceremony, Warrington Guardian, 16 Aug 1991. (image2)
  17. Geoff is your morris man. Warrington Guardian, 1 Sep 1998. (image2)
  18. Morris men facing their last dance. Manchester Evening News, 20 Apr 2002. (image)
  19. Is it the last Dance for Morris Men, Village Life, May 2002. (image3)
  20. Morris men dance on. Village Life, June 2002. (image3)
  21. Lymm's own Morris Dance performed. Warrington Guardian, 17 Apr 2003. (image2)
  22. Morrismen seek support to revive Lymm Dance. Lymm Life, May 2003. (image3)
  23. Thelwall Morrismen celebrate 30 years. Village Life, May 2003. (image3)
  24. Lymm Morris tradition returns. Warrington Guardian, 8 May 2003. (image2)
  25. Village celebrates rushbearing. Sunday sensation. Warrington Guardian, 12 Aug 2004. (image2)
  26. Wanted: May Queen memories. Warrington Guardian, 7 Apr 2005. (image2)
  27. Ready for Rushbearing. Warrington Guardian, 11 Aug 2005. (image2)
  28. Traditional festival goes with a wing. Rushes mark the seasons change. Warrington Guardian, 18 Aug 2005. (image2)
  29. Lymm Rushbearing picture special. Lymm Life, Oct 2005. (image3)
  30. Best foot forward. Warrington Guardian 24 Aug 2007. (image2)
  31. What a rush, Midweek Guardian, 14 Aug 2007. (image2)
  32. Last of the Summer Festivals, Warrington Guardian, 16 Aug 2007. (image2)
  33. May Queen picture special. Lymm Life, Jul 2008. (pdf3)
  34. Village turns out for local tradition. Warrington Guardian, 14 Aug 2008. (image2)
  35. Festival goes to the movies. Warrington Guardian, 18 Jun 2009. (image2)
  36. Lymm May Queen, 2009. Lymm Life, Sep 2009. (pdf3)
  37. A right royal day, Warrington Guardian, 17 Jun 2010. (image2
  38. Your area guide. p8 of Warrington Yellow Pages. 2010. (image)
  39. Lymm May Queen success. Lymm Life, July 2010. (image, pdf3)
  40. Floats wanted for May Queen procession. Lymm Life. Jun 2011. (pdf3)
  41. Morris men prepare for Day of Dance. Village Life, Sep 2011. (pdf3)
  42. Ancient tradition Llives on. Lymm Life, Oct 2011. (pdf3)
  43. Villagers turn out for Rushbearing. Warrington Guardian, 12 Aug 2012, (pdf2)
  44. Village celebrates ancient festival. Lymm Life, Oct 2012. (pdf3)
  45. Mediaeval Lymm Rushbearing cancelled due to road closure Ccsts. Lymm Life, Sep 2016. (pdf3)
  46. The Quest to keep this Dance History Alive. Warrington Guardian, 6 Apr 2017. (image / pdf2)
  47. Creating the Countryside. The Rural Idyll Past and Present. Compton Verney Art Gallery Exhibition Book. 2017. (image7)
  48. Village Festival Called Off for First Time in 70 Years. Warrington Guardian, 15 Jun 2017. (image / pdf2)
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