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London Wherryman
London Wherryman A wherry is a light rowboat that is used for racing or for transporting goods and passengers in inland waters and harbours. In 1555 an Act of Parliament set up the Company of Watermen and Lightermen to control the watermen on...
   
London Steamer
London Steamer The London Steamer comes from the songs of Sam Larner, who was born in 1878 in Winterton, Norfolk. Signed up as a ‘Peggy’ or cabin boy at only 12 years old, Sam was involved in herring fishing until his forced retirement in...
   
London Lights
London Lights The London skyline was first illuminated on 28th January 1807 as Pall Mall became the first street in the world to be lit by gas light. By 1823 there were 40,000 street lamps lighting 213 streets in London. In London Lights...
   
London Bridge is Broken Down
London Bridge is Broken Down The mysterious symbolism of this song probably originates from several stories about the destruction of London Bridge. At the same time, it also refers to the symbolic implication of bridging and thus taming a...
   
Lavender
Lavender Bunches of lavender would be bound up by Gypsy hawkers and sold on London’s streets. To advertise their wares, the sellers would sing a lavender cry to draw attention. This exotic melody would vary from hawker to hawker but was...
   
How Many Miles to London Town?
How Many Miles to London Town? This school ground rhyme and game is more often named How many miles to Babylon (or Bethlehem). Its transfer to London suggests the timeless association of the city with other historically significant imperial...
   
Hopping Down In Kent
Hopping Down in Kent Hops are flowers that are picked and added to beer during the brewing process to give it its bitter flavour. It is thought they were brought to England in approximately 1520 and the first hop garden was established near...
   
Basket and Chairs
Basket and Chairs This song was sung as a way of attracting customers to buy the wares on offer. Travelling communities were often traders and came to buy and sell at fairs around London. Economic changes in the 20th Century, as well as...
   
Singing Histories - London: Audio Recordings 2
Singing Histories: London provides an unusual perspective on London life throughout the ages using folk song. The pack contains musical notation, teaching notes, song words, background information and historical details. There are also free...
 
Singing Histories - London: Audio Recordings 1
Singing Histories: London provides an unusual perspective on London life throughout the ages using folk song. The pack contains musical notation, teaching notes, song words, background information and historical details. There are also free...
 
Singing Histories
Singing Histories was a national project led by Sing London to create booklets and resources containing traditional folk songs and history from eight areas across England. The regional packs are available for free download from the...
 
Singing Histories - London
Singing Histories: London provides an unusual perspective on London life throughout the ages using folk song. The pack contains musical notation, teaching notes, song words, background information and historical details. There are also free...
 
Abroad for Pleasure
Abroad for Pleasure Alternative titles: Pratty Flowers or The Holmfirth Anthem A popular chorus song, this is associated strongly with the old West Riding of Yorkshire, though it has been collected widely throughout England. It is a pastoral love...
   
The Farmer's Boy / To Be A Farmer's Boy
To Be A Farmer's Boy/The Farmer's Boy To Be A Farmer’s Boy (Or The Farmer’s Boy ) is in The Full English Chorus Songs Pack , and the Seven Songs of Harvest pack for primary schools. You can download both packs from the PDF tab at the top of the...
   
Pleasant and Delightful
Pleasant and Delightful This song is widespread in England and still heard in many folk club and festival singing sessions. Often the delivery of the verses is quite perfunctory with all the emphasis of the singing being placed on the communal...
   
Fathom The Bowl / Punch Ladle
Fathom The Bowl / Punch Ladle Fathom the Bowl probably began life as a printed broadside, for example www.vwml.org/record/FK/13/42/1 as the collected versions are all very similar in their wording, most coming from the southern counties of...
   
Sweet Nightingale
Sweet Nightingale A popular chorus song. The words of Sweet Nightingale were first published in Robert Bell's Ancient Poems of the Peasantry of England , 1857, with the note: “This curious ditty—said to be a translation from the ancient Cornish...
   
Barley Mow
Barley Mow A cumulative song found throughout the British Isles. There are versions in the archive from Sussex, Kent, Somerset, Cornwall, Kent, Wiltshire, Dorset, Oxfordshire and more. The ‘barley mow’ of the title is a stack of barley, gathered...
   
Folk Chorus Songs Selection
Folk Chorus Songs Selection One type of song that has remained popular across English speaking traditions is the ‘chorus song’. These are often led by one singer (in a pub, for example) with the community joining in with the repeated chorus,...
   
The Wensley Jig
The Wensley Jig An arrangement of a folk tune in 4 parts discovered in The Full English digital archive by John Kirkpatrick. John was commissioned to arrange three tunes for a massed band of artists to play at The Full English national showcase...
   

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