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Blow the Fire, Blacksmith

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Place Collected: Ford Gloucester
Date collected: 1909 (13 Aug)
Collector: Sharp, Cecil
Roud Number: 12869

This is a children’s singing game, but a very rare one. Even the exhaustive studies of children’s games by the Opies fails to mention it.  Bob and Jacqueline Patten collected a version in Devon in 2001, with a description of a skipping game, and there is reference to an Australian version. And apart from our Gloucestershire version, that is that.

Notes by Gwilym Davies 5 April 2015