Cecil Sharp was a Londoner. He was born in South London and after a lengthy sojourn in South Australia he lived in North London for almost 20 years until he moved to a house in Uxbridge, West London in 1911. He returned to Hampstead in 1918.

He was able to collect some folksongs in London, mostly from the Marylebone workhouse. In the month of October 1908 he met 21 singers in the workhouse in Northumberland Street and collected a total of 69 songs. In all of London he collected from 36 singers but it will be difficult to trace some of these singers due to the transient experiences of many people in the capital.