These could be the "rollicking buns" from Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Sorcerer." Instantly popular with my family. Note that they take longer than 2 hours and 15 minutes to make: 20 minutes (first rise) +10 minutes (beating dough) +90 minutes (2nd rise) + 30 minutes (3rd rise) +15-20 minutes (bake time) +10 minutes (minimum preparation time between rising) is at least 3 hours! (Unless you use "fast action" yeast, which I wouldn't recommend.) Fussy, but worth it.
Yummm... these bring back memories of being in Bath. It was worth the time it took to make them and will definetly make again. Didn't change anything about the recipe, mine didn't rise as much as I would have liked but I put that down to my awful oven not the recipe. Thanks for bringing back a little bit of my youth.