John Speller's Web Pages On Christmas day it happened so

John Speller's Web Pages - Gipsy and Tinkers' Carols
On Christmas day it happened so
This carol, which seems to have been unique to gipsy communities, exists in several forms. This particular one was collected from a gipsy named Mrs. Esther Smith by Ella Leather and Ralph Vaughan Williams at Dilwyn, near Weobley, Herefordshire, in 1912. It is a variant of the New Forest gipsy carol In Dessexshire as it befell.

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Postcard view of Dilwyn, Herefordshire in around 1912 when the carol was collected
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