John Johnson of Fittleworth and his family collection of traditional songs
John Johnson lived from 1865-1941. He was born in Lambeth in London but in 1874 he went to Fittleworth in Sussex to start work on Street Farm. His working life on the farm was with the heavy horses, he eventually had charge of 28. Later he married a local girl, Harriet, and lived there the rest of his life.
John had songs from his father and also learned the traditional songs that were remembered and sung locally. He ate, drank and sang regularly in the Swan Inn at Fittleworth with George Attrill, Bill Sebbage and others.
(Mike Tristram 2016)