WELL HALL. English; Country Dance Tune (3/2 time) or Waltz. F Major (Barlow, Barnes): G Major (Johnson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was published in the supplement to the 6th edition of Henry Playford's Dancing Master of 1679 .
Well Hall, Eltham, was a magnificent mansion dating from Tudor times, then located outside London. It came into the hands of the Roper family in the 16th century, and the stone bridge and Tudor barn of the Roper-era estate are still extent. Well Hall remained a seat of the Ropers until 1733, when it was sold, to be torn down and replaced by another house by Sir Gregory Page, who retained the name Well House.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Barlow (Compleat Country Dance Tunes from Playford’s Dancing Master), 1985; No. 237, p. 61. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician's Occasional: Waltz, Air and Misc., No. 1), 1991; p. 8.
Recorded sources: Varrick 013, Bare Necessities - "English Country Dances" (1987).
See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources