Ralph Vaughan Williams collected 'Bushes and Briars' from Charles Pottipher at Ingrave on 4 December 1903 and Essex was sometimes seen as his 'territory' by other collectors. Sharp only ventured into Essex in Sept 1912, when he visited the workhouse at Great Dunmow to interview 4 singers (all men). Their average age was 70.5 yrs; 2 were agricultural labourers, 1 a general labourer and 1 a basketmaker.

For current folk contacts, (East Anglian Traditional Music Trust).