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Hill Top Farm - August 27th 2010

On August 27th 1910, Cecil Sharp saw the Grenoside Sword Dance performed in the Cruck Barn at Hill Top Farm. This was the first time he had seen the dance and he went on to include it in his book "Sword Dances of Northern England, Vol. 1."

Sharp stayed at the Rectory in Hooten Roberts at the request of the Reverend Reginal Gatty. He was then accompanied on his trip to Grenoside by Reginald’s wife, Florence, by pony and trap.

To celebrate this event, the Grenoside Sword Dancers performed their dance in the Cruck Barn 100 years to the day since Sharp's visit.

See photos of the event in our gallery.

We were joined by past dancers, family, friends, th Lord Mayor of Sheffield and other invited guests to help celebrate this momentous occasion.

The itinerary of the day's celebrations were as follows:

There were be a number of display boards, and memorabilia such as jackets through the ages, on display in a marquee outside the barn.

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