The Edwardian folksong collectors tended to have their own territories, depending on their contacts and enthusiasms. Vaughan Williams picked up a few folksongs in Berkshire in 1905, Lucy Broadwood had a little Berkshire material sent to her but the main collector was Alfred Williams (1877-1930), who collected around 30 songs (lyrics only, no music) from Berkshire before First World War (see ref AW/1).

Sharp paid just 2 visits to Berkshire, first in 1907 to 2 agricultural labourers Robert Higgs, age 37 and William Hitchman, 67; then in 1909 to the impressive Sister Emma, an Anglican nun aged 71, who contributed 26 songs in total.

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