“The Man of Burningham Town”


A man of (Burningham) goes to sea; his wife spends her time carousing. He returns to see her out on the town; he sneaks home and sends the maid to announce his arrival. She proclaims her delight, but he beats her with a rope. She promises to reform.


  • Harry Cox, "The Birmingham Man" (on HCox01)


  1. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, pp. 68-69, "The Man of Burningham Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Kennedy 195, "The Birmingham Boys" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Creighton-Maritime, p. 123, "There Lived an Old Man in Dover" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #665
  5. BI, VWL068


Alternate titles: “The Man of Burnham Town”; “In Burnham Town”; “The Man of Dover”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1904 (Sharp MS)
Found in: Britain(England(South,Lond)) Canda(Mar)