[Note 141.1]

[Note 141.1] The Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway opened between Cheltenham and Gloucester in 1840 [Ref http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheltenham_Spa_railway_station.] The line "Why 'tis said when 'tis finished, which will be in two years," suggests that the song was written around 1838.

 

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