Lock, Mrs

Also known as: Elizabeth Lock

Collection date: Apr 1904

Area: Somerset - Langport surrounds


Elizabeth Lock (1839-1915): age 64, 23 songs over 8 visits commencing 8 Apr 1904: Sharp was probably introduced to Mrs Lock by Mr & Mrs Joseph Hunt, farmers of Muchelney and he visited her several times. Two of her songs were published in Folk Songs from Somerset vol1, namely 'High Germany' (FT162) and 'Hares on the Mountains' (FT253). Click vwml link for first song. Both songs then appeared in Folk Songs for Schools (1906 Curwen):

Elizabeth Lock was born Elizabeth Hodder in Muchelney and was baptised there on 15/9/1839, daughter of Robert Hodder, shoemaker and his wife Jemima. In 1851, 1861 and 1871 censuses Elizabeth was shown as a glover. On 13/11/1879 (a spinster aged 39) she married George Locke, 40, bachelor and farmer in Muchelney church. His surname was subsequently spelled without the final 'e'. They didn’t have children and were looking after George’s widowed mother (88) in 1891 census. In 1901 George was 62, farmer and Elizabeth 60. In 1911 Elizabeth was on her own, widow age 72. She was buried at Muchelney 13/5/1915 aged 76.

Note: As a young woman (age 32) Elizabeth was living next door to George & Jane Parsons when their son (only child) Charles was born. It’s not certain exactly when Charles moved away to live with his uncle in Drayton but it’s possible that he remembered Elizabeth’s singing and mentioned her to Sharp when his own song was collected.