The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #110621 Message #2324358
Posted By: Santa
24-Apr-08 - 11:30 AM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
This fascinating thread is moving so quickly this comment may be too late, but I think perhaps too much has been made of the factory/weaver status differences in different versions. It is well within British social habits for neither to have had a higher status, but both to be looked down on by the other. A weaver's parents may well look down on a mere factory maid: the evidence that she dresses like a queen shows only the higher pay available in the factories, but her contemporaries probably did think themselves better than the old-fashioned weavers.
I'm sure you can think of modern equivalents.