The Origins of Nursery Rhymes “Humpty Dumpty”
Humpty Dumpty sat in the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
The real Humpty Dumpty was not a person but a powerful cannon used by the Royalist forces during the English Civil War of 1642 to 1651.
Sir Charles Lucas and Sir George Lisle led the King’s men and overpowered the Parliament stronghold of Colchester early in 1648. They grimly held on while the Parliamentarians, led by Thomas Fairfax, encircled and besieged the town.
The supporters of Charles I almost won the day—all thanks to his doughtiest defender, Humpty Dumpty. In pole position at the top of the church tower of St. Mary-at-the-walls (Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall) their gunners managed to blast away at the attacking Roundhead troops for 11 weeks.
Eventually the top of the church tower was blown away sending Humpty Dumpty crashing to the ground (Humpty Dumpty had a great fall) .
.The King’s cavalry (the horses) and the infantry (the men) hurried to retrieve the cannon but they couldn’t put Humpty together again and, without their weapon of mass destruction, they were soon over-run by Fairfax and his soldiers.
So, if you are reading this nursery rhyme to your children you are really telling them about the history of the English Civil War rather than a comic egg falling off a wall!!
Council Prosecute Holiday Park for Breaching Planning Condition
The Council is advising Holiday Parks in Denbighshire to be vigilant against holiday caravans being used as a permanent homes and warns that if parks fail to comply with planning conditions they will be fined.
County Council has successfully prosecuted a local caravan park for breaching a planning condition which sought to ensure all users of the holiday caravans on site could prove they had a permanent address elsewhere.
holiday park was fined over £1000 and the Council will be working with the park owner to rectify any planning or licensing breaches.
Council’s Planning and Public Protection Service has been leading a co-ordinated project with the support of the British Holiday and Home Park Association, examining unauthorised permanent residential occupation of holiday caravans in the County.
residents of holiday caravans will not be paying Council Tax which puts increased pressure on other services within the Council. The permanent occupation of holiday caravans also breaches both planning and licensing regulations.
Brian Jones, Lead Member for Highways, Planning and Sustainable Travel, said: “As part of this ongoing project, prospective caravan owners are reminded to be vigilant against the possibility of being mis-sold holiday caravans as permanent homes.
“The Council does have the power to revoke caravan site licences where offences are committed and we are therefore urging the county’s holiday park operators to ensure that they keep accurate and up to date records of caravan owners and that holiday caravans on their sites are used for that purpose in compliance with their planning permission and site licence.”