what is the origin of the rhyme "wind the bobbin up"?

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  • Xtine
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    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,

    Pull pull,

    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


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