Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson & Reg Hall from Reg Hall Collection

JIM WILSON (1875 – 1961)

Jim lived in Three Bridges in the days before it was engulfed by Crawley New Town. He lived with his son’s family in Pearson’s Road. At the time Three Bridges was dominated by the railway and a lot of the local men worked there including Jim. He had also worked as a miller’s roundsman and in his later life as a gardener. Jim was reckoned to have a large repertoire of songs but only a small proportion of them were recorded. According to Mervyn Plunkett, he often sang fragments of songs rather than complete versions.

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Steve Pennels wrote, “With a singer like Jim Wilson and a bit of music, almost all the country pubs then could suddenly catch fire with singing and dancing in the older manner.”

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Jim Wilson sketched by Audrey Matthews whilst her husband, Brian, was recording him at the Plough in Three Bridges in 1961.

(Vic Smith 2016)

Profile of Jim Wilson, by Vic Smith

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Jim Wilson (1875-1961), by Clive Bennett

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WE ARE JOLLY FELLOWS

When four o'clock come, boys, up we do rise

BARBREY ELLEN

In Reading town where I was born

BARBARA ALLEN

BARBARA ALLEN

In Reading town where I was born

KEYHOLE IN THE DOOR, THE

They all had left the parlour, the [ ? ] nine

WHERE ARE THE BANKS OF ENGLAND

On a cold winter's night when the snow filled the air

UP TO THE RIGS

Now twixt the hour of one and two

BUTTERCUP JOE

I can drive a plough or milk a cow

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