The Ratcatcher’s Daughter was one of two songs that made Victorian actor and music hall singer Sam Cowell famous.
The white sand mentioned in the song was sold as an abrasive cleaner. You may also like to know that there’s an Anglo-Latin legal pun near the end of the story: “Not guilty of fell in the sea” (felo de se) which means felon of himself. Now you know. This folk singing business is an education.
The photograph of two of The Seven Dials Rapscallions, that brilliant band of street players, is one of many by the superb Patricia Jacobs Photography. The website tells all.