London Bridge Is Falling Down! by Peter SpierI have admired Peter Spiers artwork for years. This book is no exception. Beginning with the old nursery rhyme: See-saw sacradown, Which is the way to London town?,,, Spier proceeds to illustrate all of the verses of London Bridge is Falling Down in very detailed ink and watercolor paintings. The illustrations depict London and the Thames at about the time of the American Revolution. Spier depicts the bridge falling, the engineers planning, and the various materials that were tried but failed. After the last verse (a reprise of the first), Spier includes the score for the song with all the verses listed. Following that is a short history of the London bridge from 43 B.C., to the mid 1960s (this book was published in 1967). This book deserved its Boston Globe-Horn Book award.
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London Bridge is Falling Down
It's history can be traced to the Roman occupation of England in the first century. The first London Bridge was made of wood and clay and was fortified or re-built with the various materials mentioned in the children's nursery rhyme. Many disasters struck the bridges - Viking invaders destroyed the bridge in the 's which led to a fortified design, complete with a drawbridge. Building materials changed due to the many fires that broke out on the bridge. The Stone Bridge The first stone bridge was designed by Peter de Colechurch and built in and took 33 years to build and featured twenty arches the dimensions of which were sixty feet high and thirty feet wide and was complete with tower and gates. The flow of the Thames under the bridge was used to turn water wheels below the arches for grinding grain.
The ghost of Sarah Collins sings this rhyme, while playing with a ball, when she first appears to Maggie Evans who was being imprisoned by the vampire named Barnabas Collins , Sarah's older brother. Later, when Maggie's father and boyfriend showed up at Windcliff Sanitarium to visit her, she became confused and began singing the song, breaking down at the "Take the key and lock her up" portion
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London Bridge is falling down, Falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, My fair lady. Build it up with wood and clay, Wood and clay, wood and clay, Build it up with wood and clay, My fair lady. Wood and clay will wash away, Wash away, wash away, Wood and clay will wash away, My fair lady.
London Bridge is Falling Down is a nursery rhyme that became immensely popular in the middle of the 18th century. Its origin might actually date back all the way to the middle ages or even beyond. Then during the 19th century, the melody that we still hear today began to accompany the poem. The lyrics of the song and game pertain to the stability and lack thereof of the world-famous bridge in London and give practical and wildly fun and fanciful suggestions about how to repair the structure. When publications of the lyrics first surfaced, the popularity of the song soared, especially in both the UK and USA. However, the true meaning of rhyme is still a mystery.