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[The Watford Tunnel Collapse, 1835.] A Man that is Married.
[The Watford Tunnel Collapse, 1835.] A Man that is Married. Air. _ Love Sick Looby.The Swiss Toy Girl. [WITH OLD INK MSS] This Song Belonged to James Carrick one of the Unfortunate of the Ten who was Buried in the Watford Tunnel and this was Buried with Him from the 16th July 1835 Till the 18th August 1835 and he was the Last Found.
Pitts' Printer, Toy & Marble Warehouse, 6 Great st Andrew street, Seven Dials.
Letterpress broadside song sheet. Sheet 250 x 200mm (9¾ x 8"). Some wear to old folds.
A songsheet with the lyrics to two ballads. According to the ink mss the sheet was buried with its owner in the collapse of the Watford Tunnel while it was being dug for the London & Birmingham Railway. Although the tunnel was mostly solid chalk there were areas made unstable by seams of gravel; a night crew, removing wooden struts to prepare for bricking the walls of a ventilation shaft, were buried 80 feet down under gravel, chalk and timbers. Despite working around the clock, it still took over a month to extricate the bodies.
Bodleian Ballads Online Bod12422.
[Ref: 55370]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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