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Wiltshire Community History

Folk Arts Introduction

The Folk Arts section contains information on Traditional Songs, Biographies, Folk Plays and Folk Events in the Wiltshire area.

We are still adding material to this section and would be grateful to receive any additional information on traditional Wiltshire songs, singers, plays and players.

Alfred Williams published 438 songs in the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard between 15th October 1915 and 26th August 1916. He published 259 songs and some fragments in Folk Songs of the Upper Thames in 1923. The numbers on the database are greater because they reflect duplication of titles when Williams collected them from more than one source although the texts are usually identical in each version listed.

Searching Tips

In the search fields to the left:

Title - is song title [which includes the additional title field]

Community - is usually the civil parish, e.g. Inglesham, there are 42 hits using Inglesham

County - the counties covered by Alfred Williams are: Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire; enter one of these in this box and a county list appears

Collected From - is usually the singer, e.g. Sawyer, there are 50 hits using Sawyer

Collected By - is the collector, e.g. Vaughan-Williams, there are 20 hits using Vaughan-Williams

Roud number - is the number assigned by Steve Roud whose database is accessible on the EFDSS web site, e.g. there are 2 hits using 00664.

Verse / Notes Keyword - these are from the fully indexed words and notes fields which means you can search by a word or phrase, e.g. there are 16 hits using the keyword mare. This field can also be used to retrieve the songs published in the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard [WGS] and Folk songs of the upper Thames [FSUT]

List Data by - it is also possible to change the order of the songs by clicking on the 'List data' button. It has five options, title, community [where collected], collected from, collected by and Roud number [if you know it]

Links to other web sites which may be of interest (all open in a new window):


Folk South West



Wiltshire Folk Arts


English Folk Dance and Song Society

Musical Traditions

Steve Roud folk song index



This website

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