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Title : Trafalgar's battle.

Format : broadsheet ; song

Composer : Stawpert, James (b.1785? d.1814)

Production details : publisher : Angus

Date : 1805 (circa)

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Collection name : A collection of local songs and poems which have appeared in print and circulated in Newcastle upon Tyne and its neighbourhood.


Song written on the British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. To be sung to the tune 'Chapter of Kings'.

This song celebrates the triumph of the British naval fleet, led by Horatio Nelson, against French Napoleonic forces. This victory had particular significance in Newcastle as Nelson's second in command was Newcastle born Lord Collingwood. The song refers to Collingwood as 'Our townsman and friend' and in 1805 there were great rejoicings in Newcastle as people celebrated Collingwood's part in the victory.

Throughout the Napoleonic Wars, the people of Newcastle had demonstrated their loyalty, forming themselves into an 'Armed Association' for the defence of the town. This was headed by Sir Matthew White Ridley and was called to arms in 1804 when the alarm was given all down the north-east coast that the French had landed. Although this alarm proved to be false the Association continued throughout the war.

This song is part of the John Bell Collection.


Collection description : A collection of broadsheets on various subjects, with accompanying press cuttings and manuscript notes in the hand of John Bell.

Collector : Bell, John (b.1783 d.1864)

Collection date : 1824 - 1860


Melody used : Chapter of Kings

First line : In a battle you know we Britons are strong

Subject heading : war/armed forces

Keywords : war & Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 & Battle of Trafalgar, 1805

Period : 1801-1840

Subject : Nelson, Horatio, Viscount (b.1758 d. 1805) ; Subject : Collingwood, Cuthbert, 1st Baron (b.1750 d.1810)


Height : 28 cm

Width : 9 cm

Held by : Newcastle University

Copyright : Item reproduced by kind permission of Newcastle University University


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