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Figgie Hobbin Poems for Children
Notes on the Poems by My Aunt Edna who lived in Launceston, Cornwall and knew the author.
Born 1917 and Lived in Launceston, he wrote several books.
Figgie Hobbin is a Cornish Plum Duff made with raisins (called "figs" in Cornwall)
My Aunt bought this copy for me and asked Charles to sign it for me. She wrote some notes about the poems as they were about some of the places in and around Launceston. I repeat them here in green. If you are reading this you may have read some of these poems already. If you haven't, try your local library or maybe Amazon.com
Eagle One Eagle
Refers to: Eagle House Hotel where we had lunch you also saw the Guildhall clock and quarterjacks by the way Grace and Millie confirm this is fact a story told to young children in Launceston
is a steep footpath in Launceston which Aunt Edna took me down a couple of times. It led from High town to Low town.
Note name Newport Square where you saw the Round House. I was taken there once.
Green Man, Blue
This poem mentions Guildhall Square and Madford Lane - Tax Office. Aunt Edna worked in the Tax Office
King Foo Foo
Aunt Edna said: I like this Poem
Ramhead and Dodman
I like this one because I have been to both places. There is a Cornish saying 'When Ramhead and Dodman meet'. Meaning never!. Ramehead (formerly Ramhead) and Dodman are coastal headlands 25 miles apart.
The Old Cornwall Society had a Halloween supper and this poem was given its first public reading - I was there. That is the poem had not then been published.
My Young Man's a
Werrington is a private estate (still is) about 2 miles out. Wilsey Down is a local moor.
In the Willow
Willow Gardens - These are the allotments we looked at in New (i.e. William IV) Road
FiveAcre Farm, Wishworthy Well - actual places outside Launceston.
Michaels Poem. This poem is about the church of St Mary Magdalene in Launceston. When I was very young I was told that if I could throw a stone so that it lodged on the back of the reclining statue of St Mary I would get a new suit. I was so surprised when I found out that this poem had been written
Round the Town
This poem asks what do you do each day and says that on Thursday the shops are shut. Thursday is early closing day
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