H stands for HUMPTY DUMPTY

HUMPTY DUMPTY.......sat on a wall,

  Humpty Dumpy had a great fall,

  All the king's horses and all the kings men,

All the kings horses and all the kings men.

 couldn't put HUMPTY together again.  







HUMPTY DUMPTY ......

Is really a character and literary allusion,

  He has appeared,  or been referred to  in many works, including Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking Glass'.

  He is typically portrayed as an 'anthropomorphic' egg.


(Anthropomorphic:  Having human characteristics or ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman things.)


In 1996 the Colchester Tourist  Board's website revealed, after years of research that  HUMPTY DUMPTY  was in fact a giant cannon which was colloquially known as HUMPTY DUMPTY.



Colchester Castle.
town centre.

Colchester was a walled town with a castle and several churches and was protected by a city wall.

HUMPTY DUMPTY  (the giant cannon) was strategically placed on the wall to protect the town from the enemy. However a shot from a Parliamentary cannon succeeded in damaging the wall beneath HUMPTY DUMPTY,  causing the cannon to tumble to the ground.

The Royalists or Cavaliers ("All the King's Men") couldn't put HUMPTY together again.

The story goes that attempts to raise the giant cannon again proved impossible.


HEARTFELT thanks to Denise for devising ABCW, to Roger our HARD working administrator, Also to Leslie, who with many others, HUGELY HELP the smooth running of ABCW meme.
Best wishes to all,
 Di.
ABCW team, xxx.

 


Comments

  1. I had heard of the name but knew nothing about his history, thank you for this story, now I know more about him ;-)

    Have a nice ABC-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (ABC-team)
    http://melodymusic.nl/abc-wednesday-19-h/

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    1. I thing you'll find most nursery rhymes aren't what they may seem Melody and some have rather sinister connotations, For instance 'Ring a Ring of Roses.... relates to The Great Plague...when you get to the line 'Atishoo atishoo we all fall down...implied that violent sneezing resulted in death and people would literally be dropping dead in the street..Nice !
      Have a good weekend,
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.xx

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  2. Interesting story about the background of "Humpty Dumpty." I never heard that before.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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    1. People often said of him Leslie..'He was such a good egg'...Or how about? 'All the king's horses and all the king's men 'had scrambled egg for lunch' Ha ha xx
      Love Di. xx

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  3. Very informative. Learned something today.

    My ABC WEDNESDAY

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    1. Glad you learned something from my 'eggy' tale..
      Poor old Humpty!
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  4. What a great post for H and lovely photos besides ~ glad to hear the history of Humpty ~ ^_^

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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    1. Carol, thanks for dropping by and your kind comments
      Best wishes.
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  5. This is very interesting. I had always thought Humpty Dumpty was an Egg...

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    1. Hildred,
      I shall always believe Humpty was an egg,
      and a good one too!
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  6. Humpty Dumpty is definitely a great choice for H:)
    Great to know the facts about it too!
    Thank you Di:)

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    1. Hello Amit,
      thanks for dropping by always good to hear from you.
      Nursery rhymes aren't always what they seem, that's why I like to research the origins.
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  7. Interesting to know the origine of Humpty Dumpty. In 2007 we were in Colchester, but we had no time to learn much about this old Norman castle and the village. I took a lot of photos though!
    Thanks for this story!

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    1. Hi Wil,
      what a shame you didn't get to see more of Colchester it is such a delightful town, brimming with history going back to the Roman invasions, and beyond.
      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  8. I always thought the story had more political implications...haven't a clue what they were.
    I like the cannon story much better.

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    1. I suppose the story of HUMPTY DUMPTY did have political implications because 'All the Kings Horses' were working on behalf of the King who was, in those days, 'A law unto himself'...
      I still prefer HUMPTY DUMPTY sitting on his wall, I wish he hadn't had such a fall, HE seemed such a HAPPY good egg..

      Best wishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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    1. Indeed Rpger,
      HE really was such a 'good egg'!

      RIP HUMPTY.

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  11. Humpty Dumpty is indeed memorable.

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    1. Hi Carin,
      I am inclined to agree with you, HUMPTY was one of
      my favourite nursery rhyme characters when I was a child.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Best wwishes,
      Di,
      ABCW team.

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  12. That's interesting ! I had never heard about Humpty Dumpty.

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    1. Hello Gattina,
      I was rather surprised to learn about the big cannon
      being called HUMPTY Dumpty, when we visited Colchester,
      during a holiday in the South, most interesting town too, brimming with history going back to the Roman invasions and beyond.
      Best wishes,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  13. Awww, a cannon. Oh well. I'll imagine all the parts of the cannon as egg-shaped and that it shot out eggs. That's what I shall do. Hugs to you, Di. :-)

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    1. Hey Susie, what a good idea> I didn't like the story about the cannon because I liked Humpty better as an egg... A good egg at that! So get back on that wall Humpty, where you belong !
      Hugs doubled and back at you xxx
      DI xx

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  14. Fascinating! Humpty Dumpty has always been one of my favorite nursery rhymes, but I never knew the real life story behind it. Thanks for sharing and blessings, my friend!

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    1. Hello Arnoldo,
      Good to HEAR from you, always a pleasure to share
      your thoughts,
      Blessings, as ever,
      Di.
      ABCW team.

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  15. I think he's such a cute character. Sometimes nursery rhymes have such dark messages (Hantzel and Gretel).
    Ann

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  16. Hello Ann,
    So good to hear from you again and thanks for your comments.
    I do like HUMPTY; a real good egg !
    HANTZEL and Gretel always frightened me when I was a child, I always liked the more jolly tales,Even Little Red Riding Hood was rather scary !
    Best wishes,
    Di.
    ABCW team.

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  17. Did not know that...thank you for doing the research. I personally love that fairy tales are frightening...did not have enough to worry about when I was a kid :)

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