Tours of the Ancient Men

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The Ancient Men at Symonds Yat, during the 2016 Wye Valley canoe tour

The Ancient Men are a touring morris side made up of past and present members of OUMM.

The Ancient Men undertook their first tour in 1952, which was based at Fairford, Gloucestershire in collaboration with The Travelling Morrice. Since then they have toured far and wide, from New Mexico to Japan; more than 100 tours in over 12 countries.

To celebrate our Golden Jubilee we revisited the very first tour during August 2002, also accompanied by The Travelling Morrice.

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The Ancient Men during the 2002 ‘Fairford revisited’ tour with the Travelling Morrice

In 2012 the Diamond Jubilee Tour was based near Pontadawe, in South Wales.

The first and only recorded tour by Oxford University Mens Morris was based at Trefusis in Cornwall in 1929.

20’s 1929 0. Cornwall
There was the only tour of the original Oxford University Mens Morris, based at Trefusis. This now refered to as the ‘Nougth Tour’.
50’s 1952
1. Fairford
1953
2. Upton-upon-Severn
1954
3. Ludlow & Ross-on-Wye
1955
4. Cherington
1956
No Tours!
1957
5. Bryants Piddle
1958
6. Grand Union Canal
7. Hawkhurst
1959
8. Langport
9. Lavenham
60’s 1960
10. Leicestershire & Rutland
11. West Sussex
12. Evesham
1961
13. Cholesbury
14. Caynham
1962
15. Bryants Piddle
16. Lake District
1963
17. North Shropshire
18. Wessex
1964
19. Sedlescombe
20. Durham
1965
21. Somerset
22. Leicestershire & Rutland
1966
23. Derbyshire
24. Downs
1967
25. Glamorgan (1st foreign tour?)
26. Suffolk
1968
27. Lake District
28. Minehead
29. Northamptonshire
1969
30. Selby
31. Dorset
70’s 1970
32. Lincolnshire
33. Cornwall
1971
34. Hampshire
35. Bootle
1972
36. Six Counties
37. Buckinghamshire
1973
38. Evesham
39. Cheshire
1974
40. Leicestershire
41. Wiltshire
1975
42. The Fens
43. The Dales
1976
44. The Black Country
45. Solway Firth
1977
46. Nottinghamshire
47. Isle of Man
1978
48. Forest of Dean
49. Black Forest
1979
50. Cornwall
51. Somerset
80’s 1980
52. Powys
53. Tweed
1981
54. Five Worlds
1982
55. Essex
56. Cumbria
1983
57. Czechoslovakia
58. Kent
59. Hampshire
1984
60. Herefordshire
61. Wiltshire
1985
62. Devon
63. Czechoslovakia
1986
64. Cumbria
65. Czechoslovakia
1987
66. Hardy
1988
67. Leicestershire
1989
68. Suffolk
90’s 1990
69. Donnington, (first tourette)
70. Ireland
1991
71. Peaks
72. Cuddebackville, USA
1992
73. Staffordshire
1993
74. Sussex
75. Czech/Slovak Reps.
1994
76. Northumbria
77. New Mexico
78. Tsu City, Japan
1995
79. Baltic Folk Festival, Estonia
80. South Shropshire
1996
81. Vale of Eden
82. Krackow, Poland
1997
83. Moravia & S.Bohemia.
84. Oxfordshire
1998
85. 2nd Canal Tour.
1999
86. Ruthenia
00’s 2000
87. NW Shropshire / NE Wales
2001
88. 3 Counties Double
2002 50 Years of Touring!
89. Croatia
90. Fairford revisited!
2003
91. Yoshkar Ola, Russia
2004
92. Dorset
93. Naples
2005
94. Tennessee, USA
95. Malvern/Hereford
2006
96. Wiltshire
2007
97. Funchal, Madeira
98. Briéfne, Ireland
99. The Solent
2008
100.Kampala, Uganda
101. Tavy & Tamar
2009
102. Nairobi, Kenya
103. North Chilterns
10’s 2010
104. Kaliningrad Oblast
105. Cumbria
2011
106. West Sussex
2012 60 Years of Touring!
107. S. Glamorgan
‘The Diamond Tour’
2013
108. Offa’s Dyke
2014
109. N&E Herts.
2015
110. West Clare, Ireland
2016
111. Wye Valley
2017
112. North Somerset
2018 2019

notes:

  • The first tour in 1952 and the Golden Jubilee Tour in 2002 were in association with The Travelling Morrice.
  • There were no tours in 1956
  • The St Patrick’s Day Parades, Dublin, 1992-1997 are not included
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