Street Ballads of Victorian England, [circa 1850-1870]
Prepared by Cara Gilgenbach, May 13, 2002 2 oversize document cases + 1 oversize folder, 1 cubic foot, 11th floor
Broadside ballads were part of the rich mix of popular street literature produced in England from the 16th through 19th centuries. These ballads, printed cheaply on thin sheets of paper, were sold on the streets of England by peddlers and hawkers for a penny or half-penny, in most cases. The ballads centered on popular subject matter such as love, sex, marriage, politics, religion, fantastic tales, humorous anecdotes, social reform, and crime. Most included an illustration of some kind, though in many cases the image had little or nothing to do with the subject of the text. In London, many broadside ballads were printed by publishers located in the Seven Dials district including the well-known print shops of John Marshall, John Pitts, and James Catnatch.
For further reading on broadside ballads and the history of street literature, see the following works:
-- Ashton, John. Modern Street Ballads. New Introduction by Leslie Shepard. London: Chatto & Windus, 1888. Reissued by Singing Tree Press, 1968.
This collection contains 175 English street ballads, printed on portions of broadside sheets, dating from around 1850-1870. They are arranged in alphabetical order by title. Some sheets contain two ballads printed side by side or at top and bottom. The author and printer information are included when available, however most of these ballads do not include authors' names. Please note that a handful of the ballads listed below are related to crime. Other examples of criminal broadsides are found in the Borowitz Crime sub-collections Criminal Broadsides of 19th-Century England and Criminal Broadsides of America. Some of these ballads have been digitized. Click on >>VIEW IMAGE<< to link to the scanned image.
This collection was donated to Kent State University in 1999 by Albert I. and Helen O. Borowitz.
Folder -- Contents
"Allen's Farewell to his Love" -- T. Pearson, Printer, 6, Chadderton-st., Oldham-rd., Manchester
"The Brave Old Oak" -- Wheeler, Printer, No. 9 Whittle-st., Manchester
"Brennan on the Moor" [left side] -- "Limerick Races!" As Sung by Sam Collins [right side] -- Printed by H. Such, 123, Union Street, Borough
"A Bull in a China Shop" -- Printed by George Walker, Jun., Sadler-street, Durham; and sold by John Livsey, Shudehill, Manchester
"Burns and Highland Mary"
"Burns's Farewell" -- Swindells, Printer
"Cheap Food Laws" -- Swindells, Printer
"Chelsea Ladies" [header] -- "Confessing Their Sins" [first section] -- "Tapping at the Window" [second section]
"Christmas" by R. R. Bealey -- John Heywood, 143, Deansgate, Manchester
"Cigars & Cognac" -- Bebbington, Printer, 26 Goulden-street, Oldham Road, Manchester; sold by J. Beaumont, 176, York-street, Leeds
"Clementina Clemmins" -- London: H. Such, Printer & Publisher, 177, Union Street, Boro'---S. E.
"Come Back to Erin" -- Pearson, Printer, Chadderton-St. Oldham-Rd., Manchester
"Confession of Thos. Drory" -- Disley, Printer, 16, Arthur-street, St. Giles's
"The Constant Pair or, the Pretty Prentice Boy"
"Copy of Verses on the Late Dreadful Fire in James Street, Lisson Grove" -- London: Printed and Published by H. Such, 123, Union Street, Borough. Where all new Songs may be had as soon as Published >>VIEW IMAGE<<
"Copy of Verses on the Trial, and Confession of Frederick Prentice for the Murder of Emma Coppins, at Queenborough, Kent, on January 11th, 1859" -- Taylor, Printer, 93, Brick Lane, Whitechapel [SEE ALSO item number 30]
"Country Chap's Adventures Down a Coal Pit" -- Written and sung by I. Wrigley -- Livsey, Printer
"Th' Courtin' Neet" by Samuel Laycock -- J. Higham & Co., Printers, Hamnet-street, Market Place, Hyde
"Crafty Maid's Policy" -- Pitts, Printer, Toy and Marble Warehouse, 6 Great St. Andrew Street, Seven Dials
"The Cruel Ship Carpenter" -- J. O. Bebbington, Printer, 25, Goulden Street, Oldham Road, Manchester, and sold by John Beaumont, 176, York Street, Leeds
"Cupid's Garden" -- John Bebbington, Printer, 31 Oldham Road, Manchester
"Curly Headed Ploughboy"
"Darbee & his Dizzy" -- Tune: Vilikins and his Dinah -- [Rial?] & Co., Printers, Monmouth Court, 7 Dials
"The Dear Irish Boy" [left side] -- "The Bold Boatswain of Dover" [right side] -- J. Harkness, Printer, 121 & 122, Church Street, Office--North Road, Preston
"The Doctors they all are naughty" [left side] -- "Brandy and Godfrey's Cordial" [right side]
"Downfall of the Exhibition" -- Disley, Printer, 16, Arthur Street, Oxford Street
"The Dreadful Murder of Emma Coppins, aged 16, at Queenborough, Kent" -- London: Printed and Published by H. Such, 123, Union Street, Borough [SEE ALSO item number 21]
"Sarah Chesham's Lamentation, for the Murder of Richard Chesham, her Husband, by Poison" -- Hodges, Printer, Wholesale Toy Warehouse, 31, Dudley Street, 7 Dials.
"Shakespeare's House (Thou Art Gone from My Gaze)" -- E. M. Hodges, Printer (from Pitt's), Wholesale Toy and Marble Warehouse, 31, Dudley Street, Seven Dials
"Song and Dialogue on the Grinolines!" -- Air: "Dash Along," "Nut Girl," "Helmet on his Brow," &c., &c. -- London: Printed and Published by H. Such, 123, Union Street, Borough. Hawkers, Country Dealers, and the Trade, Supplied on the lowest terms
"Susannah Don't You Cry" [left side] -- "Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny" [right side] -- Birt, Printer, 39, Great St. Andres Street, Seven Dials
"Sweet Home, With the Additional Verses" -- Swindells, Printer
"Tara's Old Hall" -- Pearon, Printer, 6, Chadderton-street, off Oldham Road, Manchester
"Teddy Regan" -- Swindells, Printer
"Thee an' Me" by Samuel Laycock -- John Macleod, Printer, Market Street, Stalybridge
"Three Butchers" -- Bebbington, Printer, 31, Oldham Road, Manchester, sold by H. Andrews, 27, St. Peter's Street, and J. Beaumont, 176, York Street, Leeds
"Turpin Hero" -- J. Cadman, Printer, 152, Gt Ancoats, Manchester, & Sold by Andrews, 27, St. Peter's St., Leed[s] >>VIEW IMAGE<<
"The Twig of Shillaleh" -- [printer information unreadable]
"Under the British Flag" [left side] -- "The Tramp" [right side]
"Unlucky Fellow" -- Tune: Man that is Married
"The Virgin, Only 19 Years Old"
"Wait for the Turn of the Tide"
"The Wandering Girl, or the Bud of a Rose" -- Walker, Printer, Durham
"We Shall Never See His Like Again" -- Swindells, Printer
"The Wealthy Farmer's Son"
"The Weaver's Daughter" -- Swindells, Printer
"Wedlock's Joys" -- Printed and sold wholesale and retail, by G. Jacques, Oldham Road Library, Manchester
"We'll Hae a Drap Mair"
"What Will Old England Come To"-- [printer information unreadable]
"What's Old England Come To?" -- Tune: "Irish Stranger" -- Swindells, Printer
"When Fair Susan I Left" -- Wheeler, Printer, Whittle-st., Manchester
"When We Went Out a Gypsying" -- Swindells, Printer
"When Ye Gang Awa' Jamie!" [left side] -- "Please, Give Me a Penny, Sir" [right side] -- "There's a Smile Waiting for Me at Home" [header]
"The Willow Tree" -- Wheeler, Printer, Manchester [two copies] >>VIEW IMAGE<<
"A Woman, Dear Woman for Me"
"A Woman, is the Comfort of Man" -- J. Wheeler, Printer, No.9 Whittle-street, Oldham-st., [Manchester]
"The Women Floggers Lament or Marylebone Workhouse!" -- Tune: Oh dear what can the matter be -- Skinner, Printer, Westminster
"Wonderful Times!" [left side] -- "Nine Cheers for the Girls We Love" -- John Harkness, Printer, Church Street, Preston
"The Birth of Christ" [header] -- "The Saviour's Will" [left side] -- "God Rest You" [center] -- "Christ in the Manger" [right side] [illustrations are hand-colored]
"Fifty Carols and Anthems for Christmas" -- Hayle: Printed by J. O. Harris, Publisher of the "Hayle Miscellany"
"A Lamentable Ballad of the Tragical End of a Gallant Lord and Virtuous Lady; Together with the Untimely Death of their two Children" -- [Printed by?] John Evans, 41, Long Lane, West Smithfield, London
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