John Speller's Web Pages In Dessexshire as it Befel

John Speller's Web Pages - Gipsy and tinkers' carols
In Dessexshire as it Befel
This curious carol was one of a number collected by Alice Elizabeth Gillington (1863-1934), a clergyman's daughter and student of gypsy culture who herself spent the last quarter century of her life as a gypsy. The Herefordshire gipsy carol, On Christmas day it happened so is a variant of this one.

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Caravan of the type in which Alice Gillington lived the life of a gypsy between 1911 and 1934. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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