Social eight hand dance known from oral tradition in the southern Lake District, Dorset and Scotland.  Effectively a named series of Quadrille figures.

Known to have been taught by the following dancing masters:

Professor Airey of Kendal
Richard Allan of Langwathby
Mr Blackburn of Downham
Dizzy Bryden of Workington
Tommy Cannon of Underbarrow and Crosthwaite
Oliver Cowper of Workington
Miss Harding of Ulverston, operating in the 1880s
James Howson operating in Flookborough
Mr Grudgeon of Clitheroe
Jack Iveson of Penrith
Joseph Lowe of Edinburgh
“Pop” John Mason in Dent
Mr Ramage of Netherton
Alfred Threlfall Robinson
Joseph William  Robinson (Old Jos)
Stainton Robinson of Windermere
Thomas Stainton of Backbarrow
Billy Urquhart in Bleamoor, Ribblehead

Information derived from interviews by Tom Flett with Lucy Short on 3 January 1960 (interviewed with Clara Boyle, Mr and Mrs John Whittle on 4 January 1960Mrs W. Storey on 6 January 1960, Dorothy Chaplow (undated), Mrs C. Riley (undated), Mrs Frances Gray (undated), Gertrude Burton, undated, by J.F. Flett with Florence Nixon, 2/12/1977, Mr & Mrs Anningundated, Mr and Mrs Satterthwaite dated 26 & 29/8/1962 (plus original notes of same date), Anthony Leak on  29 August 1962 (and original notes of the same date), Harold Edgar on 15/9/1962 and with Roland Cowper on  6/1/1960  and interview by Tom Flett with Mr & Mrs Wannop8 January 1960, also also an interview by Tom Flett and Julian Pilling with Mr. Holgate26 March 1960, also  interviews by Tom Flett with Mr and Mrs Jack Akrigg1 April 1960 and 4 April 1960.

See also Thomas, A. (ed), A New Most Excellent Dancing Master, New York: Pendragon Press, (1992) and Soulby’s Ulverston Advertiser 2/1/1886 and 23/9/1886

 

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