Coal Aston festivals

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Locality Coal Aston
Vicinity 1.5 km NNE of Dronfield
Coordinate 53.313892, -1.461356
Adm. div. Derbyshire
Began c. 1838
Ended c. 1858
Events Robin Hood's men in green coats; morris dancers

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Coal Aston.
Looking up the hillside to Coal Aston / Andrew Hill, 24 May 2011, Creative Commons, via Geograph.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-07.


Morris dancers, who generally came from Whittington, used to dance and sing on 'the Cross' at Cold-Aston thirty or forty years ago. They were a very numerous body, and were gaily dressed in many-coloured clothes.
       I have seen 'Robin Hood's men' dressed in green coats.[1]

IRHB comments

Addy was about forty years old in 1888 when his Glossary containing this passage was published, so he cannot very well have had first-hand memories of morris troupes performing forty years earlier. In his entry on "morris-dance", Addy notes that "Fifty years ago and later Morris-dancers used to assemble in great numbers on 'The Cross' at Cold-Aston."[2]

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