what is the origin of the rhyme "wind the bobbin up"?
- XtineLv 51 decade agoFavourite answer
This we were told, at school, came from when children worked in the textile industry .The littlest ones winding the bobbins.It must go back a long time as my mother sang it as a child(Born 1907) and her mother sang it to her.We have just taught it our baby great grandson ---he is only 15mths and really struggles to get the winding bit right ,when he does the actions.On the coast of Lancashire we sing it as-----
Wind wind wind a bobbin'
Wind wind wind a bobbin,
Clap clap clap.
Inland, in "cotton country",they sing it as you have quoted.It must go back centuries and I should think is as common in silk and wool areas as well
- 4 years ago
having spoken to my grandmother (born 1914) and late greatgrandmother (born circa 1884) the phrase clap clap clap , was more akin to Clak Clak Clak as the shuttle shot across the loom ( both worked in the Lancashire mills)
- 6 years ago