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Cambourne Hill

Cambourne Hill

Goin' up Camborne 'll comin' down,
Goin' up Camborne 'll comin' down
The 'osses stood still,
The wheels turned aroun'
Goin' up Camborne 'll comin' down

White stockans, white stockans she wore,
White stockans, white stockans she wore,
White stockans she wore,
White stockans she wore,
Goin' up Camborne 'll comin' down

Goin' up Camborne 'll comin' down,
Goin' up Camborne 'll comin' down
The 'osses stood still,
The wheels turned aroun'
Goin' up Camborne 'll comin' down

This song conjures up a picture of a horse drawn coach sliding up
and down a snowy hill but it dates from 1801 when Richard Trevithick's
steam locomotive first carried a load of passengers up the hill at
Camborne. It is said that the attendants had their legs bandaged with
white flannel to prevent the steam from harming them. But the white
stockings may refer to the girls at the fuse (explosives for the mining)
factory who wore them. The wheels were turned around by the engine
while the horses looked on in amazement as did everyone else. BAZ

BAZ
Apr98
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