Assembly Ball

Category: Amusements | Type: Historical | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter XXXVIII

Towards the end of the 18th c. "assembly rooms" (Search) appeared throughout England, the most famous were those at Bath but springing up even in small villages. In villages the wealthier inhabitants contributed to the cost of building a public place (public to the upper middle classes and above) in which balls and more casual dances could be held as well as concerts. The balls enabled young people to meet one another outside the confines of the country house, whose invitation list might be more selective and whose space more limited.

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