Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – Sue Vincent hosts Robbie Cheadle 2018 – Living Lore: A nursery rhyme with an interesting history

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This is the final post from the archives of a regular contributor to the series and wonderful supporter of us all, apart from challenging us each week with photo and Haiku prompts Sue Vincent wanders the search of the ancient and modern to share with us. Sue always welcomes guest writers with open arms and here is one from 2018 from another popular blogger and author, Robbie Cheadle.

Sue Vincent hosts Robbie Cheadle 2018 – Living Lore: A nursery rhyme with an interesting history

Are you familiar with this nursery rhyme?

Now he sings of Jackey Horner

Sitting in the Chimney-Corner

Eating of a Christmas pye,

Putting in his thumb, Oh fie!

Putting in, Oh fie, his Thumb,

Pulling out, Oh strange! A Plum.

Perhaps you know a more modern version that goes like this:

Little Jack Horner

Sat in the corner,

Eating his (a) Christmas pie;

He put in his thumb,

And pulled out a plum,

And said, “What a good boy am I!

I was fascinated to discover recently that the original version of this nursery rhyme is thought to be about a man named Thomas Horner. Thomas was the steward to Richard Whiting, the last Abbot of Glastonbury. Legend has it that prior to the destruction of the Abbey in September 1539, Richard Whiting sent Thomas Horner to London with an enormous Christmas pie. The pie, a gift for the King, contained the deeds to a number of manor houses and were a last ditch attempt by the Abbot to prevent the nationalisation of Glastonbury by the Crown. Horner is said to have opened the pie and extracted the deed to the manor of Mells in Summerset which he kept for himself. Horner’s descendants have refuted this myth and there are records to support their claim that Horner bought and paid for the manor.

Richard Whiting was arrested on the orders of Thomas Cromwell on 19 September 1539. The Abbey was stripped of its valuables and Richard Whiting was hanged, drawn and quartered as a traitor on 15 November 1939.

The Abbey is now a ruin but it is still visited by 100 000 pilgrims a year. The Abbot’s Kitchen which served the Abbey survived the destruction and is considered to be one of the best preserved medieval kitchen in Europe.

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

I have been drawn to the horror and supernatural genres of books all my life. At the age of ten years old I embarked on reading Stephen King’s books including The Shining and Salem’s Lot. These books scared me so much I had to put them aside by 6P.M. in the evening in order to get a good night’s sleep but they also fascinated me. I subsequently worked my way through all of Stephen King’s earlier books as well as those of Dean R. Koontz.

I have read a large number of classics, in particular, I enjoy Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charles Dickens and the works of the Bronte sisters.

I am hugely interested in the history of the United Kingdom as well as the mythology and tales of the paranormal that are abundant on this intriguing European island.

ael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books.

A selection of books by Robbie Cheadle

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Amazon author page   Twitter: @bakeandwrite

© Sue Vincent 2018

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire born writer, esoteric teacher and Director of The Silent Eye. She has been immersed in the Mysteries all her life. Sue maintains a popular blog and is co-author of The Mystical Hexagram with Dr G.M.Vasey. Sue lives in Buckinghamshire, having been stranded there some years ago due to an accident with a blindfold, a pin and a map. She has a lasting love-affair with the landscape of Albion, the hidden country of the heart. She is currently owned by a small dog who also writes at

The Silent Eye School of Consciousness is a modern Mystery School that seeks to allow its students to find the inherent magic in living and being. With students around the world the School offers a fully supervised and practical correspondence course that explores the self through guided inner journeys and daily exercises. It also offers workshops that combine sacred drama, lectures and informal gatherings to bring the teachings to life in a vivid and exciting format. The Silent Eye operates on a not-for-profit basis. Full details of the School may be found on the official website,

A selection of books by Sue Vincent and Stuart France

One of the recent reviews for Sword of Destiny

An amputation of the soul
So dark, so final, yet I understand it.
I love the way you became a priest
Absolving Merlin of the sins written about him
None of which I believed
Arthurs birth is better told without the sting of rape
Robed in rainbows, like moonlight on water, FAB
I didn’t so much read this book as eat my way through it…

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My thanks to Sue for permitting me to browse her archives and share some with you…Sally.


76 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – Sue Vincent hosts Robbie Cheadle 2018 – Living Lore: A nursery rhyme with an interesting history

  1. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:
    What a treat to see this post of mine, featured on the amazing Sue Vincent’s fabulous blog, about the origins of the poem, Little Jack Horner. This poem inspired the character of the monk who features in my forthcoming novel Through the Nethergate. Thank you so much Sally for this unexpected share.

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  2. Thank you for the history of the poem, Robbie. Yes, I learned and taught the modern version of Little Jack Horner, didn’t even think of the story behind it.

    Thank you, Sally for sharing this from Robbie’s archives.

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  3. Wonderful! Never before thought there could be so much history behind a nursery rhyme. Fantastic research by Robbie. I am less wondering about a best preserved medieval kitchen inside a Abbey. 😉 In the medieval age for the priests eating was more convenient than praying. Some say the same for today. Lol Michael

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  4. I used to have a booked called “The Annotated Mother Goose” which gave the history of many of these little poems we read to children. Almost all of them were originally political, put out as a little poem to the author would have his or her head chopped off! “Mary Mary Quite Contrary” is all about Mary Queen of Scots. All of these poems have really interesting histories and are lots of fun to rea about!

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