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Title : Pitman's pay; or, a night's discharge to care.

Format : chapbook ; song

Composer : Wilson, Thomas (b.1773 d.1858)

Production details : publisher : J. Marshall
Old Flesh Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Date : 1826 (circa)

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Collection name : Newcastle songster; being a choice collection of songs, descriptive of the language and manners of the common people of Newcastle upon Tyne and the neighbourhood. Part VI.

 

Long narrative poem about pitmen on a spending spree following their fortnightly pay. The domestic aspect of pit life was a common theme for songs written at this time and similar subjects can be found in Henry Robson's 'The collier's pay week' (circa 1800), and Alexander Barrass's 'Pitman's social neet' (1897).

Similar to the cheap press of today these poorly printed books and broadsides catered for popular tastes, being sold by chapmen in the country and booksellers in the town. Usually sold for no more than a penny, the production of these little books and broadsides were extremely profitable for most printers. Sold in bulk the material required little proof-reading, was widely plagiarised, and badly printed.

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 VI of the 'Songster' series and is perhaps easier to date than the preceding parts. Although it is not clear whether parts I and II of the 'Songster' were published before or after John Bell's 'Rhymes of the Northern Bards, 1812, references to the removal of the Vegetable Market from Sandhill in part VI, give some indication of the publication date.

 

Collection description : Popular Tyneside songs published in chapbook form.

First line:I sing not here of warriors bold

Subject heading : industry and occupation & domestic life

Keywords : miners & mining & money & wages

Period : 1801-1840

Height : 14 cm

Width : 8 cm

Held by : Newcastle University

Copyright : Item reproduced by kind permission of Newcastle University

 

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