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Sheffield Castle

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SHEFFIELD CASTLE (M-(S2x32+R2x32)) 4C set Hugh Porteous Third Sheaf Collection
2 chords - on 2nd chord 3s and 4s cross to opposite sides

1- 8 Double-ended Snowball (Pickup) Chain, 1s and 4s cross RH with partners to start. End Men facing out 4(2)3(1)
9-16 4s+2s also 3s+1s dance Ladies' Chain. Men face out
17-20 4M and 1M followed by partners, chase anticlockwise ½ round while 2s+3s dance RH across. Men face out
21-24 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance ½ LH across. 1s+4s dance ½ RH across
25-28 4s+1s circle 4H round to left
29-32 4s+1s ½ turn partners RH, face, pull back RSh and dance out to sides. 24(1)(3)

Repeat in Strathspey then twice in Reel time

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

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams

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Sheffield Castle was a castle in Sheffield, England, constructed at the confluence of the River Sheaf and the River Don, possibly on the site of a former Anglo-Saxon long house, and dominating the early town.

A motte and bailey castle had been constructed on the site at some time in the century following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This was destroyed in the Second Barons' War.

Construction of a second castle, this time in stone, began four years later in 1270.

Sheffield Castle
Plan Of the Former Sheffield Castle

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