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Thread #99266   Message #1976292
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
22-Feb-07 - 03:46 PM
Thread Name: Query: Peggy Seeger's London Bridge
Subject: RE: Query: Peggy Seeger's London Bridge
Joe, I found my Newell; what were you looking for in particular?
He has an English version from Isle of Wight, one from Mother Goose's Melodies (a pamphlet, American, c. 1786, with the Charleston Bridge version), another from Savannah, GA (Irish origin).
He remarks on similar games from Europe.
None is centered on couples.

Several English versions in thread 78391: London Bridge
(I will post the Charleston Bridge version there)

The best source for UK versions is Alice B. Gomme, 1894 and 1898, "Traditional Games of England, Scotland and Ireland," (reprinted 1984, Thames and Hudson, both volumes bound together). She collected 49 versions, 10, including 'broken,' are reproduced.
None consists of a game centered on couples.