Old Molly Oxford

This handkerchief dance and tune in various versions is found in many Cotswold traditions. It seemed to undergo a number of alterations, as no less than four different versions of the dance are recorded from the Ilmington side, in 1867, 1897, 1906, and 1945. (Bacon, 1974) The version England's Glory perform is based on that used in 1945 by the girl's side. George Butterworth took down the words of the song from Sam Bennett which can be found at the EFDSS web site in the 'Take 6' archive.






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