Wyatt, Mrs Ann
Collection date: Jun 1914
Mrs Ann Wyatt of West Monkton (1848-1920): Mrs Wyatt contributed 3 country dance tunes and figures, presumably at a dance held on Friday 5 June 1914 at West Monkton (Sharp wrote 'Monckton). The dances were: ‘Breast Knot’, ‘Cross Hands’ and ‘Fox Hunters’ (FT2963-5). Click on vwml link above. Sharp noted that Mrs Wyatt was a farmer’s wife, originally from Buckland St Mary. She demonstrated the dances to Sharp and commented that ‘townspeople spoil the dances, because they are so stiff and formal, not graceful and gay as we like to be’.
Ann was baptised Ann Lutley on 7/5/1848, daughter of James Lutley, yeoman farmer and his wife Ann at Buckland St Mary church. She married James Wyatt, farmer of West Monkton on 1/1/1878 at Buckland St Mary. They had 6 children and farmed for at least 30 years at Proctor's Farm (now Prockter's Farm) at West Monkton, 3 miles NE of Taunton town centre. James Wyatt died in July 1907 and Ann died on 27/9/1920 aged 72. The farm passed to their son William.