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Title : Stivvison centennery

Format : song

Composer : James, Matthew C.

Production details : publisher : Andrew Reid and Company
Newcastle upon Tyne

Date : 1898

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Collection name : Sum Tyneside sangs; a collection of prize songs, etc., in the Tyneside dialect

 

Song in celebration of the father of steam power, George Stephenson.

With steam power a huge force on land and at sea in the late nineteenth century, it would have been natural to celebrate the life of Stephenson. The accompanying 'pomp' would have been typical of Victorian celebrations.

The author of this song, Matthew C. James, began life as an apprentice draughtsman at Mitchell's shipyard in Low Walker. In 1892, after serving with firms such as R. Stephenson and Co., James was appointed naval architect and surveyor of the Prince Line, and was responsible for the design of a large number of steamers for the line. James remained with Prince Line until 1897 when he rose to the position of manager of the Mercantile Dry Dock at Jarrow.

This song forms part of a collection of songs reprinted from local publications by Andrew Reid and Co. in 1898. Many of the songs deal with the topics of the day such as 'The Carliol Tower', 'The Quay on Sunday morning' and 'The Stivvison centennery', whilst others such as 'Oot iv a job', touch on working and domestic life. All of the songs in this collection are written in local dialect.

 

Collection description : A collection of songs reprinted from the 'Newcastle weekly chronicle' and the 'North of England almanac'.

Melody used : Peggy's trip to Tinmouth

First line : By gum! aw's just fair sick o' waakin' aboot Newcastle toon

Subject heading : festivities

Keywords : celebrations & steam power

Period : 1861-1900

Subject : Stephenson, George (b.1781 d.1848)

 

Page numbers: pp. 27-28

 

Held by : Border History Museum

Copyright : Item reproduced by kind permission of Border History Museum

 

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