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[Note 205.1] "playing at tiddle de bumb":-  is probably a sexual innuendo. The OED defiens tiddle as "to fondle or indulge to excess; to pet". The remainder of the phrase seems to be nonsense. There are other references to sexual encounters throughput the song. "Poll and Fan swears they'll have a man"; "So lasses when you are going home pray with the men don't rustle" in the light of which the lines "But soon from there they'll retire for fear their bobbins should get fire" and "Sally Brass she's the lass to milk her master's doodle doo" are double entendres (doodle doo being a nursery or humorous name for a cock or rooster). The headblock of the broadside (below) supports this as does  "I hope there is no one offended", although that sentiment is common in completely innocent songs.

[Note 205.2] "From Ambleside. and Windermere by railroad they will run": - The Kendal and Windermere Railway Act authorising construction received the royal assent on 30 June 1845, and when the L&CR opened southwards from Oxenholme on 22 September 1846, the route to Kendal was already built. By 20 April 1847, the through route to Windermere station was complete.
[Ref:]. The poet William Wordsworth was prominent among those who objected to building the railway. See bar663~Reply to Wordsworth.

[Note 205.3] "they'll have such stunning bustles":- Bustles here may be referring to an undergarment which most fashion historians would call a crinoline. Before the 1860s, the bustle(1) was a simple bum roll and not likely to described as "stunning".

[Note 205.4] "Some to copper lone will steer for to get a glass of beer": - The copper is presumably the vessel used in the brewing of beer to boil the wort and hops. There were many small breweries and Malt Kilns dotted around the town and in many cases they were extensions to the public houses and inns where they would brew their own beer[Ref: Trevor Hughes (Kendal Civic Society Executive Committee Member) Private communication]

[Note 205.5] "bobbins should get fire":- Kendal was the centre of the local wool industry for a number of centuries, including both spinning and weaving. ‘Kendal Green’ a generic name for the course green cloth is mentioned in Shakespeare and indeed the towns motto is “Pannus Mihi Panis” (Cloth to me is Bread). [Ref: Trevor Hughes (Kendal Civic Society Executive Committee Member) Private communication]

[Note 205.6] "Then to the hirings they will go all for to look for places"-The hirings; an area at the fair where farm workers seeking work, and farmers seeking workers, would meet with the intention of striking a bargain of employment for the coming year.


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