Moses Heap in Crawshawbooth, Rossendale, Lancashire - 1842
from My Life and Times, or An Old Man's Memories, page 19:
Trade at this time (about 1842) became very depressed for a long time and people got thoroughly tired out with it […]. I have previously mentioned about trade being bad in the Colne district, all being hand-loom weaving. I used to spin a great quantity of weft for these people, but after they stopped, the people removed to various parts of the country, and some were out of work for a long time. I have seen gangs of 6 or 8 men parading through our village street singing, and begging. I have forgotten the words they used, but the tune they sang was very solemn.
Moses Heap, My Life and Times, or An Old Man's Memories. In Rossendale Collection, Rawtenstall Public Libraries, 1961, number RC 942 ROS, p. 19. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1656936463430 accessed: 6 December, 2022
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|solemn songs||performed by out-of-work weavers|
|Listening Environment||outdoors, in public|