“The Haselbury Girl (The Maid of Tottenham, The Aylesbury Girl)”

Alternate titles: “To Market, To Market”; “Tottingham Fair”; “The Salisbury Girl”; “The Ups and Downs”; “Jack the Rover”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1656 (printed in Choyce Drollery: Songs and Sonnets... Never Before Printed [London])
Keywords: bawdy sex clothes courting
Found in: US(SE,So) Britain(England(Lond,South))

Description

A girl on the way to market meets a rakish young man, who proceeds to tie up her garter, which costs her her maidenhead. In many versions, she asks his name, and he refuses to answer.

Notes

Legman's notes in Randolph-Legman I, p. 167, terms this "a carefree reduction" of "The Knight and the Shepherd's Daughter" (Child 110). The evidence is thin. - EC

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Recordings

References

  1. Kennedy 176, "The Haselbury Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Chappell-FSRA 49, "Jackie Rover" (1 text)
  3. Randolph-Legman I, pp. 162-168, "The Maid of Tottenham" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
  4. DT, HASLBURY* MAIDTOTN* UPSNDOWN
  5. Roud #364
  6. BI, K176