Chester Castle hornpipe

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Chester Castle has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Chester Castle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FG|A3B AFDF|BcdB AFDF|GABG FGAF|E2 E3/2E/2 E3A|
FDFA d3f|edcB A2 Bc|d2 cB c2 B2|A2 A3/2A/2 A2:|
|:cd|e3f ecAc|fgaf ecAc|d2 fd c2 ec|B2 B3/2B/2 B2 AB/2c/2|
d3B AFDF|GABc d2 cB|BAGF AGFE|D2 D3/2D/2 D2:|
X: 2
T: Chester Castle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FG|\A2AB AFDF| Adcd AFDF| GBGE FAFD| [CE]DEF E2AG|
FDFA d2cd| edcB A2c2|dfdB c/d/e cA| FdB^G| A2:|
|:cd|e2ea ecAc| ea^ga ecAc|dfdB cecA| B2B>B B2Bc|
dcdB AFDF| GFGA Bcdc| BAGF EBAG | F2D2 D2:|
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Chester Castle

There are several variants of this tune.

The version that I’ve posted is as is played at one of my local sessions (the version in the William Winter MS).

Chester Castle

Interesting - they also play Roxburgh Castle at that same session - although not in the same set!

@ChrisJCorrigan Yes, an old tune. As I mentioned above, this version is from the William Winter MS.

(William Winter: b1774, d1861)

Chester Castle, X:2

This tune appeared first (in the key of F major) in McGlashan’s Collection of Scots Measures (c. 1780). Here is another version in D as it appears in Aird’s Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol 2, 1785, nr 19. According to tunearch.org, the tune comes from Scotland, although the castle is located in Cheshire, England.
The castle was built in 1070 by the 1st Earl of Chester.

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