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. Excerpts transcribed from Newspaper Archives (micro-film, fiche etc...)

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. The Lymm Morris, the Statham Morris and the Lymm Soulcaking Play, c.1984 (pdf)
  5. 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.  Altrincham Division Chronicle, 16 August, 1889, p5 (image8)
  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 (Lymm Morris and Rushbearing)

  1. [1848 Lymm Rushbearing]. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 19 Aug 1848, p.5. (image8)
  2. [1849 Lymm Rushbearing]. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 25 Aug 1849, p.8. (image8)
  3. [1850 Lymm Rushbearing]. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 24 Aug 1850, p.8. (image8)
  4. [1853 Lymm Rushbearing]. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 20 Aug 1853, p.8. (image8)
  5. Lymm: Serious Burglary Case. Warrington Guardian, 27 Aug 1859, suppl. sheet, p.2. (image8)
  6. Report on James Holt "Burglary at Lymm" court case. Chester Chronicle, 17 Dec 1859, p.2. (image8)
  7. [1865 Lymm Rushbearing]. Warrington Guardian, 19 Aug 1865, p.6. (image8)
  8. [1873] Rushbearing Week at Lymm. Runcorn Examiner, 9 Aug 1873, p.3. (image8)
  9. [1873] Lymm Wakes. [Warrington Guardian], 16 Aug 1873, p.5. (image8)
  10. [1874] Rush-Bearing Week at Lymm. Warrington Examiner, 8 Aug 1874, p.3. (image8)
  11. The Annual Rush Cart at Lymm [arrangements]. Warrington Examiner, 17 Jul 1875, p3 (image8)
  12. [1875] Lymm Rushbearing Week, Warrington Examiner, 31 Jul 1875, p.3. (image8)
  13. [1875] Lymm Rushbearing and Athletic Sports, Warrington Examiner, 14 Aug 1875. (image8)
  14. [1876] Lymm Rushbearing. Altrincham and Bowden Guardian, 19 Aug 1876, p.5. (image8)
  15. [1877 Lymm Rushbearing Cancellation Attempt - Lymm Local Board reports]. Various Local Papers, 4 Aug to 6 Oct 1877. (List8)
  16. [1877] Lymm Rushbearing. Warrington Evening Post, 11 Aug 1877.  (image8)
  17. [1877] Lymm Rushbearing. Warrington Guardian, 11 Aug 1877, p.5. (image8)
  18. [1878] Lymm Rushbearing Festivities.  Altrincham and Bowden Guardian, 14th Aug 1878, p.5. (image8
  19. [1879} Lymm Rushbearing and Athletic Sports. Altrincham and Bowden Guardian, 16th Aug 1879, p.7. (image8)
  20. [1879] Lymm Rushbearing and Athletic Sports. Warrington Examiner 16th August 1879. p.3 (image8
  21. [1880] Rushbearing Festivities at Lymm. Runcorn Examiner, 14 August 1880, p.6 (image8)
  22. [1881] Lymm Rushbearing. Warrington Examiner, 13 Aug 1881, p.8. (image8
  23. [1881] Lymm Rushbearing. Warrington Examiner, 20 Aug 1881, p.5.  (image8)
  24. [1882] Rush-Bearing at Lymm.  Widnes Examiner, 12 Aug 1882, p.6. (image8
  25. [1883] The Annual Rushbearing. Runcorn Examiner, 11 Aug 1883, p.8. (image8
  26. [1884] Rushbearing. Warrington Examiner, 9 Aug 1884, p.5. (image8
  27. [1884] Rushbearing Day at Lymm, Altrincham and Bowden Guardian, 13 Aug 1884, p.5. (image8
  28. [1884] Rushbearing. Warrington Examiner, 16 Aug 1884, p8 (image8
  29. Complaint of Rushbearing obstructions. Widnes Examiner, 8 Aug 1885, p.8. (image8)
  30. [1885] Lymm Rushbearing. Warrington Examiner, 15 Aug 1885, p.8. (image8)
  31. [1886] Lymm Rushbearing. Altrincham and Bowden Guardian, 11 Aug 1886, p.4. (image8)
  32. [1886] Rushbearing. Widnes Examiner, 14 Aug 1886, p.5. (image8)
  33. [1887] Rushbearing. Warrington Examiner, 20 Aug 1887 (image8)
  34. [Delay on Manchester Ship Canal construction due to Rushbearing]. Warrington Examiner, 18 Aug 1888, p.8.  (image8)
  35. [1888] Rush-Bearing Monday at Lymm. Warrington Examiner, 18 Aug 1888, p.8. (image8)
  36. [1888] Rushbearing]. "Lymm is a sleepy hollow...". Widnes Examiner, 18 Aug 1888, p.5. (image8)
  37. [1889] Lymm Rushbearing. Warrington Guardian, 14 Aug 1889, c.6. (image8)
  38. [1889] Lymm Rushbearing]. The Wakes. Altrincham Division Chronicle, 16 Aug 1889, p5 (image8)
  39. [1889] Lymm Rushbearing. Altrincham and Bowden Guardian, 17 Aug 1889, p.5, c.1 (.image8)
  40. [1889] Lymm Rushbearing. St Helens Examiner, 17 Aug 1889, p.7, c.4 (.image8)
  41. [1889] Rushbearing Festival. Warrington Observer, 17 Aug 1889, p.8. (image8)
  42. 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, p.6. (image8)
  43. [1890] Rushbearing. Altrincham Divisional Chronicle, 15th Aug 1890, p.5. (image8)
  44. [1891] "Rushbearing" at Lymm. St Helen's Examiner, 15 Aug 1891, p.8.c.1. (image8)
  45. [1891] Lymm Rushbearing. Warrington Examiner, 15 Aug 1891, p.5.  (image8)
  46. [1892] Rushbearing. Widnes Examiner, 13 Aug 1892, p.8.  (image8)
  47. [Sale] May Day Festivities. Altrincham and Bowden Guardian, 3rd May 1893, p.4. (image8)
  48. May Queen Coronation at Sale. Stretford Divisional Chronicle, 5th May 1893, p.3. (image8)
  49. [1893] Lymm Rushbearing. Warrington Guardian, 19 Aug 1893 (image8)
  50. [1893] Rushbearing at Lymm - A Dying Custom. Warrington Examiner, 19 Aug 1893, p.8. (image8)
  51. [1894] Rushbearing Week. Warrington Examiner, 18 Aug 1894, p.6. (image8)
  52. [1896] The Rushbearing Widnes Examiner, 15 Aug 1896, p.5. (image8)
  53. [Lymm Morris Dancers invited to Infirmary Carnival]. Widnes Examiner, 24 Aug 1900, p.3. (image8)
  54. Lymm Rushbearing. Revival of an Old Village Custom. The Manchester Guardian, 12 Aug 1903. (pdf2)
  55. [1903] Rushbearing. [Report of the decline of Lymm Rushbearing]. Warrington Guardian, 15 Aug 1903, p.3.  (image8)
  56. [1907] Lymm Rushbearing - including mention of Knutsford Royal May Day]. Tower Hamlets Independent and East London Advertiser, 6 Apr 1907, p.6. (image8)
  57. [1907] A Lymm Festival - Revival of an Old Custom. Manchester Evening News, 12 Aug 1907, p.6. (image8)
  58. [1907] Lymm Rushbearing Festival. Warrington Examiner, 17 Aug 1907, p.5. (image8)
  59. [1913] Rushbearing Week. Runcorn Examiner, 16 Aug 1913, p.8.  (image8)
  60. [1913 Rushbearing] Lines from Lymm,St Helens Examiner, 16 Aug  1913, p8, c3 (image8)
  61. [1915] Rush-Bearing Week. Runcorn Examiner, 14 Aug  1915, p.6. (image8)
  62. [Letter to the Editor regarding Post War May Queen]. St Helens Examiner, 25 Jan 1919, p6 (image8)
  63. [1920] 10th Statham Festival. St Helens Examiner, 29th May 1920, p8 (image8)
  64. [1931] Rushbearing. Carnival at Lymm . Manchester Guardian, 24 Aug 1931, p.10. (image8)
  65. Memories of Lymm Rushbearing when a boy. Framlington Weekly News, 8 Dec 1935, p.2. (image8)
  66. [1977 Rushbearing Cart Piled High with Rushes]. Liverpool Echo, 16 Aug 1977, p.21. (image8)
  67. "Yankee Doodle" dance revived. Holiday discovery delights Gladys, Lymm Guardian, 8 Sep 1983. (image2)
  68. Dance is part of Lymm tradition (letters page), Lymm Guardian, 17 Sep 1983. (image2)
  69. Fearnhead WI Report, Warrington Guardian, 18 Sep 1987. (image2)
  70. Rushbearing Festival [report], Warrington Guardian, 18 Aug 1989. (image2)
  71. [Lymm] Rushbearing Ceremony, Warrington Guardian, 16 Aug 1991. (image2)
  72. Geoff is your man! (Appeal for Information). Warrington Guardian, 19 Sep 1997.  (image2)
  73. Lymm - A step back in time. The Inquirer, August, 1998. (pdf)
  74. Geoff is your morris man. Warrington Guardian, 1 Sep 1998. (image2)
  75. Morris men facing their last dance. Manchester Evening News, 20 Apr 2002. (image)
  76. Is it the last Dance for Morris Men, Village Life, May 2002. (image3)
  77. Morris men dance on. Village Life, June 2002. (image3)
  78. Lymm's own Morris Dance performed. Warrington Guardian, 17 Apr 2003. (image2)
  79. Morrismen seek support to revive Lymm Dance. Lymm Life, May 2003. (image3)
  80. Thelwall Morrismen celebrate 30 years. Village Life, May 2003. (image3)
  81. Lymm Morris tradition returns. Warrington Guardian, 8 May 2003. (image2)
  82. Village celebrates rushbearing. Sunday sensation. Warrington Guardian, 12 Aug 2004. (image2)
  83. Wanted: May Queen memories. Warrington Guardian, 7 Apr 2005. (image2)
  84. Share your May Queen Memories.  Warrington Guardian, 14 Apr, 2005. (image2)
  85. Ready for Rushbearing. Warrington Guardian, 11 Aug 2005. (image2)
  86. Traditional festival goes with a wing. Rushes mark the seasons change. Warrington Guardian, 18 Aug 2005. (image2)
  87. Lymm Rushbearing picture special. Lymm Life, Oct 2005. (image3)
  88. Lymm Promotion by Chris Limb. Sunday 13 Aug 2006. (image / pdf)
  89. Best foot forward. Warrington Guardian 24 Aug 2007. (image2)
  90. What a rush, Midweek Guardian, 14 Aug 2007. (image2)
  91. Last of the Summer Festivals, Warrington Guardian, 16 Aug 2007. (image2)
  92. May Queen picture special. Lymm Life, Jul 2008. (pdf3)
  93. Village turns out for local tradition. Warrington Guardian, 14 Aug 2008. (image2)
  94. Festival goes to the movies. Warrington Guardian, 18 Jun 2009. (image2)
  95. Lymm May Queen, 2009. Lymm Life, Sep 2009. (pdf3)
  96. A right royal day, Warrington Guardian, 17 Jun 2010. (image2
  97. Your area guide. p8 of Warrington Yellow Pages. 2010. (image)
  98. Lymm May Queen success. Lymm Life, Jul 2010. (image, pdf3)
  99. Floats wanted for May Queen procession. Lymm Life. Jun 2011. (pdf3)
  100. Morris men prepare for Day of Dance. Village Life, Sep 2011. (pdf3)
  101. Ancient tradition Llives on. Lymm Life, Oct 2011. (pdf3)
  102. Villagers turn out for Rushbearing. Warrington Guardian, 12 Aug 2012, (pdf2)
  103. Village celebrates ancient festival. Lymm Life, Oct 2012. (pdf3)
  104. Preparing for the Winter. Warrington Guardian, 15 Aug 2013. (image2)
  105. It's hats off to Lucy and the Lymm Morris Men at Rushbearing. Warrington Guardian, 29 Aug 2013. (image2)
  106. Keeping Tradition. Warrington Guardian, 13 Aug 2015. (image / pdf2)
  107. Bringing the forgotten back to life in Lymm. Warrington Guardian, 29 Oct 2015.  (image / pdf2)
  108. Dickensian Spirit. Warrington Guardian, 12 Dec, 2015. (image2)
  109. Morris men keep ancient tradition of Lymm Rushbearing alive. Lymm Life. Oct 2016. (pdf3)
  110. Mediaeval Lymm Rushbearing cancelled due to road closure costs. Lymm Life, Sep 2016. (pdf3)
  111. The Quest to keep this dance history alive. Warrington Guardian, [2017].  (image2)
  112. The Quest to keep this Dance History Alive. Warrington Guardian, 6 Apr 2017. (image / pdf2)
  113. Creating the Countryside. The Rural Idyll Past and Present. Compton Verney Art Gallery Exhibition Book. 2017. (image7)
  114. Village Festival Called Off for First Time in 70 Years. Warrington Guardian, 15 Jun 2017. (image / pdf2)
  115. Celebrations as village steps up. Warrington Guardian, 17th May, 2018. (image2)
  116. Ancient Lymm Rushbearing Festival set to be revived. Lymm Life, Jul 2018. (pdf3)
  117. Return of Lymm Rushbearing Festival. Warrington Worldwide. Jul 2018. (pdf3)
  118. Lymm Rushbearing set for off road return. Warrington Guardian, 2 Aug 2018. (image2)
  119. Festival Returns. The Post, 7 Aug 2018. (image2)
  120. Return of Lymm Rushbearing Festival. Warrington Worldwide. Sep 2018. (image3)
  121. A trip back in time to yesteryear [Lymm Dickensian Day].  Warrington Guardian, 13 Dec, 2018. (image2)
  122. Rain fails to dampen spirits at Lymm Dickensian Day. Lymm Life. Jan 2019. (pdf3)
  123. Lymm May Queen Festival. Lymm Life. Jun 2019. (pdf3
  124. Ancient Lymm Rushbearing tradition kept alive with socially distanced morris dancing!. Lymm Life. Oct. 2020, p13. (pdf33)
  125. Lymm Rushbearing - Still on. Warrington Guardian, 1st Jul 2021 (image2)
  126. How a 200-year old dance came to be. Warrington Guardian, 29th Jul 2021 (image, pdf2)
  127. The Lymm Dance - Can you help keeping it alive at Rushbearing. Lymm Life, Aug 2021, p6  (pdf3)
  128. Historic event to take centre stage in village [shortage of rushes]. Warrington Guardian, 5th Aug 2021  (image, pdf2)
  129. Rushbearing beats the showers. Lymm Life, Sep 2021, p13 (pdf3)
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