Broomfield Hill, The [Child 43]

DESCRIPTION: A girl wagers with a boy that "a maid I will go to the Broomfield Hill and a maid I shall return." At home she regrets her error, but a witch tells her how to make her love sleep on the hill. She arrives on the hill, leaves a token, and wins her wager
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1769 (Herd)
KEYWORDS: magic wager sex trick witch
FOUND IN: Britain(England,Scotland) US(Ap,NE,Ro) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland
REFERENCES (27 citations):
Child 43, "The Broomfield Hill" (6 texts)
Bronson 43, "The Broomfield Hill" (30 versions -- but the last six are "The Maid on the Shore" -- plus 1 in addenda)
BronsonSinging 43, "The Broomfield Hill" (8 versions: #3, #4, #10.1, #13, #17, #20, #23, plus #27 which is "The Maid on the Shore")
Dixon-Peasantry, Ballad #14, pp. 116-119, "The Merry Broomfield, or the West Country Wager" (1 text)
Bell-Combined, pp. 297-300, "The Merry Broomfield" (1 text)
Palmer-ECS, #65, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan2 322, "The Bonnie Broom-Fields" (2 texts)
Lyle-Crawfurd2 109, "The Bonny Brumefeils" (1 text)
Butterworth/Dawney, p. 29, "Merry Bloomfield" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Thames, p. 75, "The Maid's Wager" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 210)
Reeves-Sharp 21, "The Broomfield Wager" (3 texts)
OShaughnessy-Lincolnshire 3, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
RoudBishop #63, "Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #21}
BarryEckstormSmyth pp. 438-442, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 songster version plus extensive notes)
Flanders-Ancient1, pp. 275-279, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard, #4, "The Broomfield Hill" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Leach, pp. 150-152, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
OBB 24, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
Friedman, p. 148, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
PBB 16, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, p. 26, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #23}
Combs/Wilgus 11, pp. 113-114, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
SHenry H135, p. 414, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
MacSeegTrav 7, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text, 1 tune)
Morgan-Medieval, pp. 33-33-34, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)
DT 43, BROOMFLD* BROMFLD2* BROMFLD3
ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #325, "The Broomfield Hill" (1 text)

Roud #34
RECORDINGS:
George Maynard, "A Wager, A Wager" (on Maynard1)
Walter Pardon, "Broomfield Hill" (on WPardon01, HiddenE)
Cyril Poacher, "Broomfield Hill (The Broomfield Wager)" (on FSB4, FSBBAL1) (on Poacher1)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Maid on the Shore (The Maid on the Sea Shore; The Sea Captain)" [Laws K27]
cf. "Martinmas Time"
cf. "Lovely Joan"
cf. "The Maid and the Horse"
cf. "The Sleepy Merchant" (plot)
cf. "Geaftai Bhaile Atha Bui (The Gates of Ballaghbuoy)" (plot)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Broomfield Wager
Green Broom
The Merry Green Fields
NOTES: For some inexplicable reason, the notes in Sam Henry claim that H133, "Bess of Ballymoney" (p. 461) is this song. I believe this is an accidental repetition of the notes on H135. - RBW
Reeves-Sharp is a composite of six texts including three fragments. - BS
Last updated in version 4.1
File: C043

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