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Congreve Man, The

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Performer: Mills, William
Place Collected: Ablington
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 12880

This comical tale was printed on broadsides which follow Mr Mills’ text very closely. “Congreve Matches” were the invention of John Walker (1781-1859) who invented the friction match in about 1827. This appears to be the only instance of the song going into oral tradition.


Notes by Gwilym Davies