X:1 T:Snakes Lane M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel B:Straight and Skillern – Two Hundred and Four Favourite Country Dances, vol. 1 (c. 1775, No. 81, p. 41) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G GABc dBAG|DEFG ABdf|gbge dedB|BdAc B2GG:| |:GBAc dedB|GEDB, CEGc|egfa fdec|B2TA2 G4:|]
SNAKES LANE. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Snakes Lane is in the old parish of Woodford, eight miles north-east of the city of London, and now wishing the borders of Greater London.Early on, a way known as 'the Lane' struck westwards from a fordacross the river Roding for about a mile before turning north towards Chingford. Maud in the Lane (1235) gave her name to a tenement called Lanes, later Sakes. From the Sake family the lane became known as Sakes Lane, later corrupted as Snakes Lane.