Re the Polka Road in Wells next the Sea, could there have been along that
a building in which dances were held in the 1820s/30s? Or could there have
been a dancing master living on that road?
Of course, the polka, certainly in Paris, became associated with loose
morals because women of dubious repute were recruited to be the dancing
partners to teach the young gentlemen how to dance the polka. So a Polka
Road or Lane may be a local euphemism for the place where certain women
picked up customers, or just the place where young people went to canoodle?
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From: "Rose, Edwin" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2004 3:22 PM
Subject: re A Dotty Question
Ian Daintith's suggestion is most interesting because, if one follows the
Gwyddon valley east from the Polka footpath for a mile or so one comes to a
valley called the Trwyn, famous throughout south wales for its pwcca. Yet it
is a little surprising that as Pwcca Trwyn was so well known in Abercarn,
the form Polka for a footpath should have existed alongside it. Given the
occurence in Norfolk as well, Im not sure this is the answer
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