This article by Mahlon Stacy originally appeared in House and Garden, A monthly magazine devoted to Architecture, Gardens, Decoration, Civic and Outdoor Art in 1905. The Magazine was edited by Charles Francis Osborne. This transcription was made from pages 83 and 84 of Volume 7, covering the period January to June, 1905 and Published in 1906 at Philadelphia, Pa., U. S. A. by The John C. Winston Co. of 1006-1016 Arch Street. It should however be noted that today the connection to the Boston printer, Thomas Fleet and his mother-in-law Elizabeth Vergoose has been largely discounted.
The village of Mells in Somerset has longe been associated with the Little Jack Horner Nursery Rhyme. This account of that link was published in Heroes and Heroines of Fiction, Classical Mediæval, Legendary: Famous Chracters and Famous Names in Novels, Romances, Poems and Dramas, Classified, Analyzed and criticised, with Supplementary Citations from the best Authorities by William Shepard Walsh, Published in 1915.
The description of Mells, Somerset, England which follow is taken from ‘Somersetshire Delineated’, published in 1822 by Christopher and John Greenwood, Surveyors, a Topographical Description of each Town, Parish, Chapelry, etc. in the county.
This description of the Somerset village of Cloford appeared in the 1875 edition of Somersetshire edited by Edward Robert Kelly
A trade dispute between the weavers of Frome, Somerset and their employers in June 1823 resulted in the jailing of about 20 of the weavers following disturbances in the area. The following two reports are from “The Western People Flyer”.