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George Till was born in 1845 at Berkeley, illegitimate child of Mary Clutterbuck. Between 1851 and 1861 he was living with Thomas and Charlotte Till at Stone, a small village near Thornbury-on-Severn. He married Emma Crump in 1867 and, when their daughter Kate was baptised in 1868, they are both referred to as “Till”. At the time of the 1871 census, he was an agricultural labourer. George died in 1906. Thanks to Rebecca Dellow for this information
The George Till manuscript is in the Gloucester Record Office under reference number D4190/30. It is a manuscript music book, and has been written from both ends. One end is inscribed “George Till, Stone, 1866”. This is followed by the dance tunes here presented. The other end starts “George Clutterbuck HC(G?) – Stone – nr Falfield”. This is followed by hymn tunes, mostly in 2 parts.
In the linked abc file this is tune number X:15
Great Eastern Polka, written by Charles Coote, who carried on the work of Jullien (see Black Joke). Great Eastern was Brunel’s huge ship which in the 1860s had laid the Atlantic Cable. Note by Paul Burgess