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CHARLES STREET WALK. AKA and see “Charles Street Bath.” English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was first published in Charles and Samuel Thompson’s Compleat Collection, vol. 3 (London, 1773). As with numerous other tunes from the Thompson’s 1773 collection, it was entered into the 1788 music copybook of fiddlers John and William Pitt Turner (Norwich, Conn.). Charles Street may refer to the former Lewkner’s Lane, London, re-named Charles Street in Drury Lane. It was notorious as being a ‘red light’ district, and a walk along it would probably have been quite interesting.

Printed source: Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3), 1773; p. 87, No. 154.

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