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Alternative title: Hark the Bonny Christ Church Bells

Performer: Bond, Mrs. Mary
Place Collected: Quenington
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 1237

Christ church bells (2)This is a song which we can certainly trace to a known author, as it was written by Henry Aldrich (1647 – 1710) as a ‘catch’, an amusing little ditty to be sung by 3 voices.  The song collecter John Baldwin found versions of it in Oxfordshire in the 1960s.  The author Thomas Hardy and the poet John Clare both knew of the song, so it was presumably well-known ditty, but not often noted by song collectors in general.


Notes by Gwilym Davies 17 March 2016