Somerset - Hambridge & Westport

The story of Sharp’s collection of the song ‘The Seeds of Love’ from John England, Rev Charles Marson’s gardener at Hambridge Vicarage is well known. The date was 22 August 1903. Sharp and Marson eventually collected a total of 31 songs from 13 singers in Hambridge and then a massive 102 songs from the half-sisters Lucy White and Louie Hooper, who lived in the nearby hamlet of Westport next to Lizzie Welch (15 songs). The average age of these singers (8 men and 8 women) was only 43.

Map Illustration by Tom Jay.