In the mid 19th century the main road into Wells next the Sea, Norfolk, was renamed Polka Road. There seems to be no contemporary record of a reason and local guidebooks speak vaguely about the dance being popular at that time. However I have now learned that in the 1930s a footpath to the church in Abercarn, Monmouthshire, was known locally as The Polka; again nobody seems to know why. Any ideas?
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