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Thread #15569   Message #140572
Posted By: Liz the Squeak
25-Nov-99 - 04:55 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Tolpuddle Man (Graham Moore)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Tolpuddle Man
Yes indeedy! It really was called Tolpiddle, because the river that runs through the valley, and this can be confirmed by looking on any OS map, is called the river Piddle or Trent. Trent is another old English word for river. There are lots of them around, rivers called the river River..... Anyway. There are also villages called Puddletown was Piddletown; Piddlihinton was Honeypuddle, there is also Little Piddle, Piddletrenthyde and Affpuddle. Long river,the Piddle. Incidentally, an enterprising pub used to sell bottles of Piddle Water, but had to stop because it didn't meet the Trades Descriptions standards.....

And indeed, Graham Moore helped write much of the music for what started out as a community play, and got out of hand, and became the 'Tolpuddle Man'. 'Captain Swing' was always one of my favourites, being a luddite at heart, and it goes fantastically with a shanty chorus group to give it welly.