Trip to Bermonsey Spa (A)

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X:1 T:Trip to Bermonsey Spa, A M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance N:Under section of "Dances, 1786". B:Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson - Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5 (1788, p. 27) N:" As they are Perform'd at Court, Bath and all Publick Assemblys ." Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D f|e/d/e/f/ df|e/d/e/f/ dA|BAGF|[CE][C/E/][C/E/] [CE]f| e/d/e/f/ df|e/d/e/f/ dA|B/c/d/e/ dc|d/A/F/A/ D:| |:a|g/f/g/a/ fa|g/f/g/a/ fa|bagf|[c/e/][c/e/][ce] [ce]f| e/d/e/f/ df|f/e/g/e/ dA|B/c/d/e/ fe|dd/d/ d:|]

TRIP TO BERMONDSEY SPA. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The proprietor of Bermondsey Spa was Thomas Keyse (1722–1800), an English still-life painter. Wikipedia records:

About 1770 Keyse opened a tea-garden in Bermondsey, then a suburb of London, where a chalybeate spring had been found, and which became known as the Bermondsey Spa. Here, with other attractions, Keyse kept a permanent exhibition of his own drawings. Obtaining a music license, he made the gardens an imitation of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, open in the evening during the summer months, and provided fireworks, including a set-piece of the siege of Gibraltar, constructed and designed by Keyse himself.

Keyse died at his gardens 8 February 1800, in his seventy-ninth year. The gardens remained open for about five years longer, and gave their name to the Spa Road, Bermondsey/

"Trip to Bermontsey [sic] Spa" was entered in the mid-19th century music manuscript of William Winter (1774-1861), a shoemaker and violin player who lived in West Bagborough in Somerset, southwest England.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Samuel, Ann & Peter Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 5), 1788; p. 27. Geoff Woolfe (William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book), 2007; No. 327, p. 115 (ms. originally dated 1850).

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