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Performer: Children
Place Collected: Temple Guiting
Date collected: 1909 (13 Aug)
Collector: Sharp, Cecil
Roud Number: 1368

This singing game was enjoyed by children for many generations all over the English-speaking world but now seems to have disappeared from the playground. The earliest recorded version is in 1835 from Manchester. Folklorists have put forward theories as to the meaning of the phrase “Green Gravel” but none is convincing.

Notes by Gwilym Davies 6 May 2015