Over the following years he took the side to several places in the West Country, from Malvern to Bicester and from Redditch to Moreton in Marsh.
By 1910, he and Cecil Sharp were in correspondence on the subject.
When the crown was restored by Charles II, the springtime festivals were restored.
In particular, Whitsun Ales came to be celebrated on Whitsunday (Pentecost), as the date was close to the birthday of Charles II.
However by the late 19th century, and in the West Country at least, Morris dancing was fast becoming more a local memory than an activity.Sharp was intrigued by the music and collected several tunes from the side's musician, William Kimber; not until about a decade later, however, did he begin collecting the dances, spurred and at first assisted by Mary Neal, a founder of the Espérance Club (a dressmaking co-operative and club for young working women in London), and Herbert Mac Ilwaine, musical director of the Espérance Club.Neal was looking for dances for her girls to perform, and so the first revival performance was by young women in London.It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers, usually wearing bell pads on their shins.Implements such as sticks, swords and handkerchiefs may also be wielded by the dancers.