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The Roselath Cross

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THE ROSELATH CROSS (J8x32) 3C (4C set) Henrietta Vosper RSCDS Book 41

1- 8 1s+2s+3s dance reflection reels of 3 on sides (1s dance in and down to start) and end with 1s in 2nd place BtoB facing own sides and 2s in 1st place
9-16 2s+1s+3s set, 1s ΒΌ turn to right and set with 2s+3s (as Crown Triangles), 1s dance RSh round RH corner into middle BtoB facing opposite sides
17-24 Repeat from new positions 1s ending in 2nd place own sides
25-32 1s dance reels of 3 across (Lady with 2s and Man with 3s)

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


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This dance, The Roselath Cross, was devised by Henrietta Vosper from the RSCDS Cornwall Branch in 1998 and is published in the RSCDS Millenium Dance Book 41 in 2000.

The Roselath Cross is a preaching cross near Lanlivery on the Saints Way, which runs across mid-Cornwall from north to south coast covering about 30 miles (48 Km) from the harbour town of Padstow in the north to the southern port of Fowey.

A preaching cross is a Christian cross sometimes surmounting a pulpit, which is erected outdoors to designate a preaching place.

In Britain and Ireland, many free-standing upright crosses - or high crosses - were erected. Some of these crosses bear figurative or decorative carvings, or inscriptions in runes. There are surviving free-standing crosses in Cornwall and Wales, in the island of Iona and in the Hebrides.

Their is also a farm and house near Lanlivery, St.Austell, Cornwall, called Roselath.

The Roselath Cross dance has its own tune, The Roselath Cross, composed by Kerrell Garner from the RSCDS Cornwall Branch.

Roselath Image
Field Near Roselath
With Footpath 406/2/1 Running Along The Right-Hand Edge, As It Crosses A Low Ridge To A Small Valley And Then Into Lanlivery


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