Protest song about the removal of the Vegetable Market from Sandhill.
Originally the Vegetable Market was part of the old Flesh Market on Sandhill, near Newcastle's Quayside. In 1808 a number of town improvements were completed including the erection of a new Flesh Market. This was situated on the upper part of the levelled dene of the Lort Burn, with entrances from Mosley Street, Pilgrim Street and the old Flesh Market. The market sold goods from the surrounding countryside, fish from Cullercoats and Whitburn, and vegetables, a great part of which were supplied from gardens at Newburn and Hexham.
Newcastle was the second largest producer of chapbooks in the country at the time of this book's publication. 'The Newcastle Songster' was printed by J. Marshall, one of the most prominent chapbook printers in Newcastle during the early nineteenth century. This book forms part III of the 'Songster' series and is perhaps easier to date than parts I and II. Although it is not clear whether preceding parts of the 'Songster' were published before or after John Bell's 'Rhymes of the Northern Bards, 1812, the appearance of songs such as 'XYZ' in part III indicate the publication date to be no earlier than 1814.
The book contains some of the region's best known traditional songs. From 'The Skipper's Wedding' to 'Newcastle Fair', the book has offerings from well known Tyneside composers such as John Selkirk and would have been extremely popular among the local population.