The Surrey Hornpipe

Source: Thompson (1814), interpreted by Henry Garfath; published in English Dance & Song, Winter-Spring 1976. Vol XXXVIII. No. 1
Formation: Three Couples; Longways; Proper

A1 Top Four: Partner Set; #1s Cast, #2s Move Up
Top Four: Partner Set; #2s Cast, #1s Move Up
A2 Morris Turn-Out Hey - Top Four do one extra change to leave #1s in the Middle
B1 #1s, individually, pass by the Left Shoulder:
First Corner Allemande Right; Second Corner Allemande Left - finish Improper in the Middle
B2 #1s Partner Set; Cross Over and Cast Down to the Bottom - #3 Move Up
All: Partner Two Hand Turn

The original tune is shown in the article, but any suitable 32 bar tune will work.

This was published in the same article as The Merry Girls of Epsom.

The original words from 1814 are:
The Surry [sic] Hornpipe
Foot it & cast off one Cu: up again to the top down the mid:
up again turn your part.r hands 6 round & swing corners.

If we punctuate that and tidy it up a little with common wording from that period:
Foot it & cast off one Couple
up again to the top
lead down the middle: up again
turn your partner
hands 6 round
swing corners

Then, using Wilson's definitions for all those moves:

John Sweeney's Interpretation - Triple Minor; Proper
A1 Foot It (4); #1s Cast Down - #2s Move Up (4)
Foot It (4); #1s Cast Up - #2s Move Down (4)
A2 #1s Gallop Down (4) & Gallop Up into Second Place - #2s Move Up (4)
#1s Partner Two Hand Turn (8)
B1 All Six: Circle Left to Place (16)
B2 #1s Turn Contra Corners (16)

Colin Hume has an article on how to "Foot It".

Contra Corners: #1s: Partner Allemande Right; First Corner Allemande Left; Partner Allemande Right; Second Corners Allemande Left

The original dance was a Triple Minor. To make this version a Three Couple Dance I would get the #1s to Gallop to the bottom and stay there, let everyone do the Two Hand Turn, and let the new middles dance the Contra Corners.

Original page from English Dance & Song, Winter-Spring 1976

The Surrey Hornpipe

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