Collection date: May 1914
Mr Lobb Jr at Padstow, Cornwall: 1 song 'Padstow May Song' (FT2920 Roud 305) on 1 May 1914: Sharp provided no age nor christian name for this informant; he was obviously a son but not of tender years (otherwise he would have been 'Master' rather than 'Mr'):
In his Folk Dance Notes vol3 (CJS2/11/3/146) Sharp wrote that Mr Lobb (Snr), an old man, 'found that the Padstow ceremony had altered little in the last 50 years'. This was probably Robert D Lobb (b1840), a shipwright living in Workhouse Hill in 1901 (RG13/2204 f12 p15). In 1911 he was in Church Street, Padstow, aged 71 with wife Mercy and 2 single sons - Robert 35 and Loveridge 29, both of whom were tailors. One of these two sons was probably responsible for giving Sharp the Padstow song. Padstow historians may be able to correct this view.