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Title : Coal trade.

Format : song

Composer : Stobbs, John

Production details : publisher : T.F. Brockie & Co.
South Shields ; Tyne and Wear

Date : 1850-1860

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Collection name : Shields garland. No.2

 

Versions of this song appear in Newcastle chapbooks, Fordyce's songbook of 1842, and J.P. Robson's book published in 1848. It has, in places, been attributed to William Brockie, though a manuscript note at the end of the song states that the it was simply 'touched up by Wm. Brockie'.

This song forms part of a short run series of 'Shields' songs that were published some time in the 1850s by the Shields Gazette editor, William Brockie. The songs reflect the characters, landscape and industry in the small coastal towns of North Shields, South Shields, Tynemouth and Cullercoats. Famous for their fishwives, press gangs and tars (sailors), these towns, lying at the mouth of the River Tyne, were the gateway for trade in and out of the region. This small pamphlet forms no.2 of a series thought to consist of only 3 publications. Bound together in one volume held by South Shields Library, no.s 1-2 are complete with no.3 lacking all before p.17., and all after p.32. Songs are attributed to various authors in manuscript notes throughout the series, revealing that publisher William Brockie also contributed to the content of the publication.

 

Collection description : No. 2 in a series of song books about North Shields and the surrounding area.

First line : Blow the wind southerly, southerly, southerly

Subject heading : industry and occupation

Keywords : mining

Period : 1841-1860

Held by : South Shields Library

Copyright : Item reproduced by kind permission of South Shields Library

 

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