The Folkestone Fiery Serpent
Printed for the John Nevill Gallery, by J. A. Jennings, Ltd.
Together with the humours of the dover mayor. illustrated by aldous eveleigh. introduced by ann nevill.
8vo. 5.75 x 8.25 inches. 36 pp. Illustrated by 8 line drawings. Printed on buff paper with decorative borders on title page. The satirical ballad of the Folkestone Fiery Serpent circulated in manuscript before being published by Rigden of Dover in 1838/39. It was reprinted at intervals by them in the nineteenth century, with English of Folkestone issuing a version about 1900. It displays a view of the credulity of the inhabitants of Folkestone, before the days of the railway, cross Channel port and development as a holiday resort, as having a reputation of foolish and illiterate simpletons. It also reflects the traditional rivalry of the town with Dover; in the Cinque Ports Confederation, Folkestone having the status of a limb of Dover. The introduction by local historian, Ann Nevill, sets the ballad in its historical context.
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