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Thread #56361   Message #881119
Posted By: mouldy
03-Feb-03 - 02:59 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Skipping Rhymes & Playground Games
Subject: RE: Folklore: Skipping Rhymes & Playground Games
I got hold of a facsimile copy of "The Traditional Games of England, Scotland and Ireland" by Alice B. Gomme. Originally published in 2 volumes 1894-1898. The edition I have is introduced by Fr. Damian Webb OSB, a folklorist, in 1984. He was living at St. Benedict's Priory at Garforth, nr. Leeds at the time. (Only about 30 mins drive from me!)
The book lists the 19th century sources for the information (people), and which county they refer to, but the few places that are listed do not include Hull. The book is very thorough with its comparisons of regional differences in some of the games, even going so far as to do line by line variations across several regions for some. There are also little drawings and diagrams, where appropriate, as well as a few tune notations. Lady Alice also published a book on singing rhymes.
(Lady Alice Gomme's husband, George Laurence, was the founder and president of the Folklore Society).

Ironically the edition of this book which I got from a second hand bookshop in Scotland, was published in the States! I doubt it's still in print, but the details, if anyone's interested, are:

The Traditional Games of England, Scotland and Ireland
Alice B. Gomme
(Introduced by Fr. Damian Webb, OSB)
Thames & Hudson 1984
ISBN 0-500-27316-2