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Title : Tom Linkin's box

Format : song

Composer : Cresswell, Marshall (b. 1883) ; Illustrator : Marcke, J.L.

Production details : publisher : J.W. Chater
Grainger Street ; Newcastle upon Tyne

Edition : edition statement : second edition

Date : 1883

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Collection name : Local and other songs, and recitations, etc. composed by Marshall Creswell, Dudley, Northumberland. With introductory autobiography.

 

Song about a driller at Dudley Colliery, and the apparatus he uses for boring holes in the rock. Equipment such as this would have been used for enlarging tunnels following an explosion, and sometimes to explore for coal if a seam had been dislocated by an earthquake in the past.

This song forms part of a selection of songs by local pitman Marshall Creswell. The book was published in Newcastle in 1883 by J.W. Chater. Many of the songs deal with the topics of the day such as 'The Grainger Monnymint', 'The North Durham election', whilst others such as 'A modest appeal', touch on working and domestic life. Interestingly the collection also contains a number of songs relating to sea voyages, undoubtedly inspired by the pitman's journey to Borneo. All of the songs in this collection are written in local dialect.

The author, Marshall Cresswell, was born on the 18th January, 1833, in the village of Fawdon Square. After a brief education Marshall was sent to work in the pits at the age of nine years old. Following appointments at numerous pits in Northumberland and County Durham the author learned of a local coal owner, William Coulson, who required three men to go to Borneo as sinkers. Jumping at the opportunity Cresswell set sail and proceeded to encounter ship wrecks, storms and dangerous natives, an account of which is given in this collection. Marshall Cresswell returned from his voyages and commenced work in the pits, writing various songs and recitations for print, chiefly in Chater's publications.

 

Collection description : A collection of songs by local pitman Marshall Creswell.

Melody used : Tinker's wedding

First line : Ye've awl heer'd tell o' big Lang Tom

Subject heading : industry and occupation

Keywords : mining & miners & pits & mining & machinery

Period : 1861-1900

Page numbers: pp. 62-63

 

Held by : Border History Museum

Copyright : Item reproduced by kind permission of Border History Museum

 

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