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WALCOT PLACE. English, Country Dance Tune (4/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The Survey of London, vol. 23  explains:
The increase of traffic resulting from the building of Westminster Bridge and its approach road brought into prominence the deficiencies of the roads further out. As an attempt to remedy these, an Act was passed in 1750–1 empowering the Turnpike Trustees of Surrey, Sussex and Kent to repair and widen certain existing roads and to make new ones. (fn. 8) The latter included Kennington Road, known as the New Road or Walcot Place, (fn. n1) linking Westminster Bridge Road with Kennington Common. It was laid across open fields and gardens, and there was therefore no difficulty in complying with the clause in the Act which said it was to be as straight as possible. Three estates were concerned—those of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Walcot Charity and the Duchy of Cornwall. Most of the road frontage was built up by the early years of the 19th century.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Skillern (Twenty-Four Country Dances for the Year 1781), 1781; p. 4.