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[Note 083.1] Identifying the song as a "folk song".."worth preserving" implies that the editor of the newspaper considered it an antiquarian curiosity rather than part of the contemporary popular culture. A standard English version of the song was published in The Annals of Trawden Forest by Fred Bannister [(1922, R Hyde & Sons, Colne) p59]

[Note 083.2] The nearest station to Trawden is in Colne. The final verse suggests that the villagers walked to Colne to board the train.

Advertisements for excursions from Colne to Manchester Races, The Isle of Mann, Blackpool and Southport as well as Liverpool appeared in the press of the locality from 1885; however, given the enthusiastic provision of excursion specials by railway companies across the north of England, it would be surprising if people from Trawden had not enjoyed a railway excursion before then.
The Bank Holiday Act of 1871 established the first Monday in August as a statuary holiday. 6th August was a Monday in 1877, 1883 and 1894 (when the song was printed in the Burnley Express).

[Note 083.3] Wycollar and Winewall are villages near Trawden (see map)

[Note 083.4] The moorland to the east of Trawden would be a likely source of blueberries. They bear fruit from July to September so would have been plentiful in early August.

[Note 083.5] An article in the Cheshire Observer - Saturday 27 August 1881 p7 entitled NEW BRIGHTON AS A WATERING PLACE reported "Not far off stands the famous Perch Rock Battery 7 , fully mounted with a proper complement of big guns, and the appropriate number of real live soldiers. To this object most of the visitors, both young and old, find their way".
A photograph taken in the 1880s and reproduced on the History of Wallasey website shows lady visitors sitting near the guns in the Perch Rock Battery.

[Note 083.6] A frequent steamer service carried visitors from Liverpool to New Brighton.



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