Neddy Nibble’m & Biddy Finn

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Our curious 19th century song was perhaps intended by the ballad maker to be humorous, but this tale of an unworldly and altogether innocent young man and his bawdy ‘pot girl’ seems less amusing nowadays as he makes his plea to a court of law.

The picture is one of Patricia Jacobs’ splendid photographs of a couple from the superb street theatre group, Seven Dials Rapscallions, and I heartily recommend a visit to their web pages, which give a flavour of the group’s lifelike and somewhat alarming performances of everyday life for the Victorian underclasses.

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