Add MSS 41966 F

I'll call this the Stephens manuscript because it needs a better name than "Add MSS 41966 F" and it was presented to the British Library by F. Stephens, FSA.

There's no online source I've found sadly but here's the text for Newcastle from Geoff Mendham and Tom Cook's 1985 pamphlet on Newcastle:

Since it's not really relevant for our purposes, I've not included the words crossed out and corrected, and I've replaced "ye" and "yt" with the more modern implied "the" and "that" (no, people didn't actually ever say "ye", and certainly not "yt" – the "y" was evolved from the letter thorn, "þ").  Note also that the letters i and j used to be the same letter so e.g. "ioyning" means "joining".

Newcastle a round daunce for eight only!

1 Fig: Take hands all & goe half round then set & turne all round single, then take hands all againe & goe backe into your places all holding hands togeather, then set againe, & turne all round single againe, then every man take his mate by the right hand & turne her, & put in his right hand into the midst of the ring & soe all fowre men ioyning hands a cross goe halfe round that way as their faces are turned, & the woemen’s faces being contrary to the mens goe round single at the same time also till each woaman meets his man, the woemen all standing on the right side of their men ; then each man take his woeman by the left hand, & turne her & all the woemen put in their right hands into the midst of the ring & so they fowre goe round with their hands a cross whilst the fowre men goe round single on the outside of them till each man meets with his mate in the same place where he was at first.

2 Fig: Every man sides with his owne mate at the same time & backe againe then change places with them, then every man sides with the next woaman backe againe then cahnge place with them : then those two Cupple that stand at each end of the roome opposite one to the other meete each others in the midst of the ring ioyning hands with their owne mates, & when they are met each man takes the contrary woaman, & leads her betweene the other two cupple that stand still one cupple goeing betwene one of the other Cu. that stand still & the other betweene the other, & soe each man meete his mate all fowre goeing round about the Cupple they went betweene, then the other fowre doe the same.

3 Fig: Every man turne hands with his woaman, then change places with her, then turne hands with the next woaman, & change places with her all at the same time, & now every man meetes with his owne mate he had at first, then two men & two woamen hold hands & stand apart from the other fowre a cross the roome then meete all fowre & change places to the contrary side, then fall fowre hand in hand to one end & fowre to the other end of the roome & soe meete, & change places, this brings every man to his owne place as they were at first.


Interpretations of dances in this source
Dance name Set formation
Newcastle (Stephens) Square