Polka

Social couple dance known from oral tradition in the southern Lake District, Dorset and Scotland.

Known to have been taught by the following dancing masters:

Dizzy Bryden of Workington
Tommy Cannon of Underbarrow and Crosthwaite
Oliver Cowper of Workington
Miss Harding of Ulverston, operating in the 1880s
Joseph Lowe of Edinburgh
Joseph William Robinson (Old Jos)

Information derived from interviews by Tom Flett with  Mr and Mrs John Whittle on 4 January 1960, Dorothy Chaplow (undated), Mrs Frances Gray (undated), Gertrude BurtonUndated , Mr & Mrs Anningundated. and from correspondence from Tom Barnes to Tom Flett dated 12 August 1962 and with Roland Cowper on  6/1/1960  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

 

Links:

Adamson, William

Akrigg, Mr & Mrs Jack

Barnes, Tom

Batty, Mrs Arthur

Baynes, Mr & Mrs William

Beresford, Peter

Birbeck, Mrs

Chapman, Brian

Coward, Miss E.

Cowper, Arthur

Cowper, Beatrice

Cowper, Elsie

Cowper, Roland

Cox, Mary

Dixon, B

Gibson, Elizabeth

Halliday, Mrs B

Halliwell, Mrs Belle

Hird, Mrs Florence

Hobson, William B

Holgate, Tom J.

Huddlestone, Mr & Mrs

Keith, Gertrude

Lynch, Mr & Mrs

Middleton, Dick

Miss Harding

Oversby, Miss Mary

Pedder, Jack

Percy, Tom

Pye, Mrs Jessie

Raw, Mrs

Ridding, Mrs S.E.

Robinson, Addie

Robinson, Addie

Satterthwaite, Mr & Mrs T

Sherry, Sam

Short, Miss Lucy

Smith, Mrs & Mrs Walter

Thompson, Mrs H

Thwaite, Mr & Mrs

Tully, Mr & Mrs William

Whittle, Mr and Mrs John, Workington, Cumberland, England, 4 January 1960

Wood, Mr & Mrs Fred