Clog dancer and researcher from Grange-over-Sands, North Lancashire. Born c. 1914, died 1970.

Nephew and pupil of Joseph Robinson (Young Jos) and thus the grandson of Stainton Robinson and great-grandson of Joseph Robinson (Old Jos).  He was able to give details of Joseph Robinson (Young Jos) repertoire and teaching.  He became an excellent exponent of the clog dance which he was still performing until a few years before he died.  He was one of Tom Flett’s early informants in England from whom 17 steps were collected.  He apparently often used these steps as a complete routine for performance.

Acted as a “local agent” for Tom Flett, searching out local dancers and informants. The following seem to have been found by him and later interviewed:

Theodore Cannon of Annan, Dumfriesshire
Harold Edgar of Field Head, Lancashire

Information derived from interviews by Tom Flett with Norman Robinson on 5, 7 & 8 January 1960.

See also:

Flett, Tom, correspondence with Norman Robinson1962

  1. Letter to Norman Robinson, 5 September 1962
  2. Letter from Norman Robinson, 4 October 1962
  3. Letter from Norman Robinson, undated, 1962
  4. Barrow (Ulverston, Grange) News, 9 March 1962, article: R C  Robinson Juvenile Ball 1863
  5. Letter to Norman Robinson, 3 April 1962
  6. Letter from Norman Robinson, undated, 1962
  7. Letter to the editor, Barrow News, 6 August 1962

Norman and Betty Robinson, Newton-on-Grange, correspondence October 1962

  1. Letter to Norman and Betty Robinson, 8 October 1962
  2. Letter from Norman Robinson, 7 November 1962
  3. Mr Robinson Grand Juvenile Fancy Dress Ball programme, Crosthwaite 1904
  4. Letter to Norman and Betty Robinson, 10 November 1962


Flett, Tom, Letters, January 1970. Norman Robinson‘s death

  1. Letter from EFDSS, 2 January 1970
  2. Letter from Betty Robinson, 7 January 1970
  3. Letter from EFDSS, 21 January 1970
  4. Letter to Mr Wales, 30 January 1970, plus Norman Robinson obituary
  5. Letter from Betty Robinson, 15 January 1970