George Gregory in a trip from Radstock, near Bath to Cheddar and Wells - between late 19th Century and early 20th Century
from Untitled: George Gregory memoir, pages 37-38:
Thus it was that when the officers at the Sunday School decided to give the scholars an outing to Cheddar and Wells they arranged for two and four horsed brakes to take us. It was an event of much importance, and we were thrilled by the prospect of it[…] The slow rate of travel enabled us to have a good view of objects of interest, to talk, and sometimes to sing […] Singing consisted mostly of hymns, but sometimes we sang ‘Wimbledom to Wombleton is seventeen miles’ [sic] which was repeated ad infinitum.
George Gregory, Untitled: George Gregory memoir. In Brunel University Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies, number 1:283, p. 37-38. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1536227500660 accessed: 8 December, 2022
Listening tohide composers
|unspecified hymn singing||performed by Children|
|'Wimbledom to Wombleton is seventeen miles'||performed by Children|
|Date/Time||between late 19th Century and early 20th Century|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, outdoors, in public|
The words of the nursery rhyme recalled here are usually given as 'From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is fifteen miles'.