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These pages of our website discuss everything you ever wanted to know about The Betley Window and its copies - and probably more!
I hope you will dip into the bits that interest you most, or perhaps follow the suggested Guided Tour signposts at the end of each page.
First, a couple of basic questions you may wish to ask:
|If you've seen morris dancing these days - or if you've just visited a few web sites and looked at some photos - you'll probably see little resemblance between the figures in the window and today's dancers. But it's not surprising that things have changed a bit in nearly 500 years! If you're lucky, you may well see a pipe-and-tabor player or a hobby horse, as shown left, at a 21st Century morris performance. Click on the pictures to visit other sites related to these subjects - but do come back here afterwards!|
|As for the second question, Betley is a village in Staffordshire, England, where the original window was installed, and where a copy remains to this day. I am indebted to Patrick Corness, "a Betley man in exile", whose help enabled me to start a paper chase of references and thereby collate the information on this site. Patrick's web site is well worth a visit for other information about Betley and local Staffordshire history.|
The three principal versions of the Window are full-colour versions in glass - namely the original in the V&A, the copy (1981) still in Betley, and another copy (1901) in the Museum and Heritage Centre, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. However, more versions in different materials are coming to light as people visit this site.
At the time of this update, May 2008, his sites seem to be still active, but this duplicate set of pages has been created as a back-up of his valuable work.
If you need to more information or wish to contribute to these page please contact St Alban's Morris Men or email@example.com
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|John Price Updated 4th August 2006||Links last checked on 4th August 2006 using Link Checker Pro|