Horkstow Grange

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Eye and Ear
From Town and City
Travellers Tales
What Celia Sees
Daniel Defoe 1660-1731
William Camden 1551-1623
The Mysteries Of London
The Life of a Coster Girl
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Further Notes From The Midlands
Lichfield Miscellanies
Seven Strong Spires
Before Us Stands Yesterday
Albion Band 1998 - 1999
London Calling
Stuart Hibberd 1893 - 1983
John Logie Baird 1888 - 1946
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Ghosts and Marvels
Casting the Runes
An Episode Of Cathedral History
The Tractate Middoth
More Ghosts and Marvels
Negotium Perambulans
Dulce Et Decorum Est
War Requiem
Poems by Wilfred Owen
"They called it Passchendaele"
Other Poets 1914 - 1918
C.S. Lewis: A Letter
C. S. Lewis 1898 - 1963
Joyce Grenfell 1919 - 1979
An Interview With Richard Thompson
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2006
Horkstow Grange
The Radio Ballads
Two Songs Of England
A Band For England
Waterloo Sunset
Vashti Bunyan
Just Another Diamond Day
David Gilmour
On An Island
Live From An Island
Where We Start

  • Gay Woods - vocals, bodhrán
  • Bob Johnson - vocals, electric guitar
  • Peter Knight - vocals, violin
  • Tim Harries - bass, keyboards, vocals
  • with Dave Mattacks - drums
  • Produced by Steeleye Span
    Recorded at Warehouse Studio Oxford
    Engineered by Steve Watkins
    Mixed and mastered by John Etchels
    Sleeve Design Gwen Jones at Riverline Colourgraphics, Oxford
    Album coordination John Dagnell at Park Records

    All songs published by Peer Music UK (except track 1 copyright control)
    All songs arranged by Tim Harries, Bob Johnson, Peter Knight and Gay Woods (except track 1 Johnny Patterson)

    Sung by George Gouldthorpe and recorded on a wax cylinder for Percy Grainger in 1908. "Horkstow Grange" is also on the coope boyes and simpson album

    In Horkstow Grange there lived an old miser,
    You all do know him as I've heard say.
    It's him and his man that was named John Bowlin'
    They fell out one market day

    Pity them who see him suffer,
    Pity poor old Steeleye Span;
    John Bowlin's deeds they will be remembered;
    Bowlin's deeds at Horkstow Grange

    With a blackthorn stick old Steeleye struck him,
    Oftens had threatened him before;
    John Bowlin' turned round all in a passion,
    He knocked old Steeleye into t'floor.

    Pity them who see him suffer,
    Pity poor old Steeleye Span;
    John Bowlin's deeds they will be remembered;
    Bowlin's deeds at Horkstow Grange

    John Bowlin' struck him qui-et sharply; (quite)
    It happened to be on a market day.
    Old Steeleye swore with all his vengeance,
    He would swear his life away.

    Pity them who see him suffer,
    Pity poor old Steeleye Span;
    John Bowlin's deeds they will be remembered;
    Bowlin's deeds at Horkstow Grange.

    Note from the Unto Brigg Fair LP sleeve: In his manuscripts, Grainger notes that John Bowling was a foreman on a farm at Horkstow and John 'Steeleye' Span a waggoner under his control. Thus "him and his man" in line three should be understood as "... his foreman". In the first line, "miser' might be just a derogatory epithet though not necessarily so.
    No other versions of this song are known and it does not appear to have been issued on broadsides in the district or even in adjacent areas where printers were more active.

    John Ball writes: "... [a]s an ardent fan of Grainger and a former North Lincolnshire resident (Keelby, nr Brigg), ... I once worked near Horkstow and Saxby all Saints, where Joseph Taylor is buried, and did some research. My grandfather's family were from the Horkstow area and neither he nor anyone else knew of either of the characters mentioned in 'Horkstow Grange' nor is there, apparently, any local knowledge of them".

    He also writes: "... when I went to Saxby all Saints about 12 years ago, I met a man from the village who told me that a lady who lived near him was a descendent of Joseph Taylor (grand-daughter, I think) and that she lived near the church".

    And later again writes: "I've done an electoral register search of North Lincolnshire and there are no records for Bowlin, Bowling or Span. I have looked again at my copy of 'Unto Brigg Fair' and this confirms that there was no local knowledge of the Horkstow Grange characters."

    Horkstow Grange 1998 [click for larger]
    Park Rcords PRKCD44 1998

    1. The Old Turf Fire
    2. The tricks of London
    3. Horkstow Grange*
    4. Lord Randall
    5. Erin Grá Mo Chrói
    6. Queen Mary
    7. Bonny Birdy
    8. Bonny Irish Boy
    9. I wish that I was never wed
    10. Australia
    11. One True Love
    12. The Parting Glass

    *The song from which
    Steeleye Span got its name.


    an amazing huge list of
    trad. arr. lyrics, some with
    the tunes. a mirror site of

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