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HAMSTEAD HEATH. AKA - "Hampstead Heath." English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The melody appears in all four editions of London publisher John Young's Second Volume of the Dancing Master  (1710-1728), and in all three editions of the Walshes' Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1719, 1735, 1749), and in Walsh & Randall's New Country Dancing Master, 2nd Book (1710). Curiously, the same melody appears again in the Walsh volumes as "Hampstead Manour." Playford gives a different melody as "Hampstead Heath" in his Apollo's Banquet of 1670.
Hampstead Heath  is an ancient park in London, located on some of the highest territory in the city.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Moffat (Dances of the Olden Time), 1922; p. 7. Young (Second Volume of the Dancing Master), 1st edition, 1710; p. 57.