Shepherd Hedges

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Shepherd Hedges

Jesse Taylor

1831 or 1833 - 1919

By Tess Taylor

Shepherd William Hedges was a retired shepherd living in Westington, Chipping Campden, when in 1909 Cecil Sharp collected from him a large repertoire of folk songs that included We Shepherds are the Best of Men.

Among other songs he sang were Horses to Grass, The Three Butchers and a version of Jack Ridler's Oven, a song peculiar to Gloucestershire.

William's place of birth is given variously as either Hannington, Inglesham or Lechlade &and in 1851 he was living in Hannington with his parents, Henry and Martha and siblings Joseph, Isaac and Henry. In 1861 William was lodging on a farm at Westbury-on-Trym but by 1871 was living at Old Coombe, Campden with his wife, Emma and children Hannah, Fanny, William, Thomas, Charles, Fred and Albert. In 1911, William was described as a widower and living in the Almshouses.

William and Emma's son, William, was also married to an Emma who I believe are grandparents of present Campden resident, Tony Hedges.

NB.The photograph is believed to be Shepherd Hedges though it could be Shepherd Trinder.




This page was added on 03/05/2014.