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Frederic Norton born George Frederic Norton on 11 October 1869 in Broughton, Salford, England. Died on 15 December 1946 in Holford, England. British composer, most associated with the record breaking Chu Chin Chow, which opened in 1916.

A trained singer, Norton studied with Francesco Paolo Tosti and appeared on stage in variety theatre. Some of these acts included the delivery of monologues.
These monologues led Norton to compose songs, many of them humorous. Songs published included 1908's "Rosemary" with words by Graham Robertson, and "Maid of the morning", "When a Pullet is Plump" and "The Elephant and the Portmanteau". In turn, these songs resulted in Norton composing music for stage shows, starting with "The Water Maidens" in 1901.
In 1911, Norton provided additional music for a production of Orpheus in the Underworld at His Majesty's Theatre, which was based on the Offenbach opera of the same name.
Norton was never again to achieve the same degree of success that he earned with Chu Chin Chow.


About: Chu Chin Chow (courtesy of offwestend.com)

Opening at the height of the First World War in August 1916, Chu Chin Chow swiftly became a favourite of soldiers on leave, running for almost five years and a total of 2235 performances – a West End record which it held until Salad Days forty years later.

Based on the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Chu Chin Chow is set in the magnificent Eastern palace of the wealthy merchant Kasim Baba who is preparing to give a lavish banquet for a wealthy Chinese merchant, Chu Chin Chow, who is on his way from China. However, bandit leader Abu Hasan arrives at Kasim's palace in disguise as Chu Chin Chow, who his gang has recently robbed and murdered, as part of a dastardly plot to steal Kasim Baba’s riches. Meanwhile Kasim Baba’s brother, Ali Baba, discovers the secret of Abu Hasan’s secret cave of treasure and its password "Open Sesame"…

Chu Chin Chow brings together Egyptian, Javanese, Arabic and Chinese costumes, perilous quests, murder and treachery, forbidden lovers, high slapstick comedy, and some of the best known songs of the period including Any Time’s Kissing Time, The Cobbler’s Song, We Are The Robbers of the Wood and I Built a Fairy Palace in the Sky.

Composer Frederic Norton (1869-1946). Originally trained as a singer and actor, his first stage show was The Water Maidens. in 1911, he provided additional music for Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld at His Majesty's Theatre which then landed him the job of composing Chu Chin Chow, his most successful score.

Librettist Oscar Asche (1871-1936) was born in Australia. He became Actor-Manager of His Majesty's Theatre in 1907 where he directed his own versions of Shakespeare, before producing, directing, writing and starring in Chu Chin Chow.

Director Alex Sutton was Assistant Director on Our Miss Gibbs at the Finborough Theatre. He has directed The Crocodile (Arcola Theatre), How to Live Forever (Trafalgar Studios), Dido and Aeneas (Saint Andrews Crypt, Holborn), Hello Dolly! (Oratory Arts Centre), Pheadra's Love (Winston Theatre), and Macbeth (Young Vic Studio). As Assistant Director, he has worked on La Traviata (Longborough Opera), Missing Persons (Trafalgar Studios) and Don Carlos (Stowe Opera). He also worked with Martin Duncan on The Original Chinese Conjurer (Almeida Theatre and Aldeburgh Festival).

Musical Director Leigh Thompson trained at Bristol University and with the National Choir of Wales. He was Musical Director in Residence at the Bristol Academy of Performing Arts where he conducted The Pajama Game and Cabaret. With Eyebrow Productions, he has conducted Company, Assassins and Kiss of the Spiderwoman in Bristol and Edinburgh. Leigh was also the Musical Director of the Holland America Line for four years.

Link below to Follies of 1917", Introducing: Chu-Chin-Chow courtesy of Mechanical Music Digest


John Cornish White, known as "Farmer" or "Jack", (19 February 1891 in Holford, Somerset – 2 May 1961 in Combe Florey, Somerset) was an English cricketer who played for Somerset and England. White was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1929. He played in 15 Test matches, and captained England in four of them.

Domestic career

A slow left arm bowler who used accuracy and variation of pace rather than spin to take wickets, he was a regular player for Somerset from 1913 to 1937, taking 100 wickets a season 14 times. In 1929 and 1930 he also scored more than 1,000 runs, completing the "cricketer's double". Among his county records, he took 16 Worcestershire wickets for 83 runs in the match at Bath in 1919. He also took all 10 Worcestershire wickets in an innings for 76 runs in 1921 at Worcester.[1] His total number of wickets for Somerset, 2,165, is still the county record,[2] as is his number of catches, 393.[3] His career total of 2,355 wickets puts him 16th on the all-time list of wicket-takers.[4] He was captain of Somerset from 1927 to 1931.

Test career

White was first picked for England in the difficult 1921 series against the Australians and was not then selected again for seven years. For the winter tour of Australia in 1928/29, he was vice-captain to Percy Chapman and the main bowler in a series that turned into a successful war of attrition. At Melbourne, he bowled 113 overs and five balls, and at Adelaide he surpassed that, bowling 124 overs and five balls and taking 13 wickets in the match for 256 runs, as England won by just 12 runs. In the final Test of the series, he stood in as captain for the injured Chapman, but lost the Test and so ended England's then-record-equalling run of seven consecutive Test victories.

White captained England again in the series against South Africa in 1929: he won once and drew twice. Further Tests followed against Australia in 1930 and the following winter in South Africa, again as vice-captain to Chapman.

White was a Test selector in 1929 and 1930 and was president of Somerset at the time of his death.

William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads.

Wordsworth's magnum opus is generally considered to be The Prelude, a semiautobiographical poem of his early years which he revised and expanded a number of times. It was posthumously titled and published, prior to which it was generally known as the poem "to Coleridge". Wordsworth was Britain's Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850.

William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy lived at Alfoxton House between July 1797 and June 1798, during the time of their friendship with Samuel Taylor Coleridge.[2] Dorothy began her journals here in January 1798 but discontinued it 2 months later to recommence when the couple moved to the Lake District. These were posthumously published as The Alfoxden journal, 1798 and The Grasmere journals, 1800-1803.
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Julien Temple (born 26 November 1953 in London) is an English film, documentary and music video director. He began his career with short films featuring the Sex Pistols, and has continued with various off-beat projects, including The Great Rock And Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginners and a documentary film about Glastonbury

Temple was born into a communist family (his father Landon Temple ran Progressive Tours and was a Communist Party of Great Britain member).[1] He is the brother of the last General Secretary of the CPGB, Nina Temple.

Temple was educated at St Marylebone Grammar School, from which he was expelled, William Ellis School and King's College, Cambridge. He grew up with little interest in film until he discovered the works of French anarchist director Jean Vigo when he was a student at Cambridge. This, along with his interest in the early punk scene in London in 1976 led to his friendship with The Sex Pistols, leading him to document many of their early gigs.

His first film was a short documentary called Sex Pistols Number 1, which set out to show the rise of the band from 1976-1977 in a series of short clips from television interviews and gigs.

This led to Temple making The Great Rock And Roll Swindle, another documentary, telling the story of the band from the viewpoint of their manager, Malcolm McLaren, as band members Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious had left. The film told of the rise of the band as apparently manipulated by McLaren and how he had shaped the band throughout their short career. Many of the 'facts' given by McLaren were disputed by John Lydon (who had dropped the Johnny Rotten name after leaving the band), who accused McLaren of using the film to attack him personally. This helped split opinion on the film as although it was praised for attempting to capture some of the punk scene of the time, it was seen as too skewed towards McLaren's vision.

Controversy aside, Temple was praised for his mix of animated scenes, documentary footage, and specially shot footage which he used to tell McLaren's story. This helped launch Temple into a career making music videos, something he would be best known for much of his career. Temple's next theatrical release was the short film Jazzin' for Blue Jean featuring David Bowie which was released as a support feature to The Company of Wolves. By 1985 Temple was now well known for being a director of successful music videos by the Kinks, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and other British artists, several of which were early groundbreaking videos for the new MTV channel, but he had not yet directed a major film.

In 1981 Julien Temple directed a documentary containing the foundational members of punk, alternative actor/comedians of The Comic Strip most famously a 22 year old Jennifer Saunders, Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson and Peter Richardson. Being from the original punk scene of 1976 and being close friends with The Sex Pistols, it seemed natural for him to direct a group of talented young actors from more or less, the same era he is best known for. The setting was in London's Soho in the Raymond Review Bar, later to be a key location for the film Sid and Nancy directed by British, punk director Alex Cox-who in the film paid a homage to Julien Temple in the scene where Sid Vicious sings his angst ridden take of "My Way" about 50 minutes into the film. It was an hour long documentary with fairly shocking material in it-giving it a R18 certificate due to its strong drug references, frequent violence, very strong language and a strong sexual nature-including Bestiality. Typical of The Comic Strip Presents alternative, dark and often obscure and surreal humour, this documentary is considered a true masterpiece into the insight of Soho's sordid scene of 1981. The Comic Strip was based around the seedy world of strip clubs and lap dancing bars, and hardcore pornography. The Comic Strip actually was formed alongside a sex club in Soho-quite a paradoxical choice in settings as The Comic Strip's aim was to demolish the comedy before them-Monty Python, Benny Hill and others. Julien temple creates a twisted tale of London- with horror, grotesques, surrealism and obviously humour and of course labelling it with his signature style.
In 1982 Temple wins an Emmy for the Bryan Adams music video (Everything I Do) I Do It For You. Filmed in Silk Mills Holford.

In 1983 Temple directed a film for the BBC Arena series called It's All True, named after the 1942 unfinished Orson Welles film. Compered by Welles himself, the film comprised many short segments about the state of the video industry, both real and imagined, many featuring cameos by celebrities including Mel Brooks, Grace Jones,[2] Ray Davies, and Koo Stark.[3]

In 1986 he directed the film version of Colin MacInnes' book Absolute Beginners. One of the most expensive films in British history, the fate of the studios involved (as well as several careers) were dependant on the success of the film. The film was critically panned in the UK. A musical, rather than a straight adaptation of the book, led to it being attacked for a lack of narrative, as well as being called a series of badly linked music videos. The film, like much of his music video work, reflects his ongoing interest in deeply saturated color American musicals of the '40s and '50s.

The film was financially unsuccessful, partly responsible (along with The Mission and the ill fated Revolution, which cost substantially more money) in the Goldcrest company going bankrupt. Temple found himself being blamed personally for the failure but the film proved to have a small following (including Michael and Janet Jackson) in the United States. This led to Temple moving to the United States and being offered the film Earth Girls Are Easy as well as a series of music videos for such artists as Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Eric B & Rakim, Neil Young and Tom Petty.

Temple returned to the UK in the late 1990s continuing to make films as well as music videos. Vigo Passion for Life (1998) recounts the passionate relationship between French film maker Jean Vigo (1905–34) and his wife Lydou, who both suffered from Tuberculosis. The film was not well received. A reviewer in Sight & Sound commented that the film "although absolutely faithful to the facts, is absolutely dreadful".[4] Films which followed included Pandæmonium (2001), a critically acclaimed film about the friendship between Romantic poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, and The Filth and the Fury (2000), another documentary about The Sex Pistols. This time the film was made with the full cooperation of the surviving members of the band and told the story of the band from their viewpoint. This film also mixed newly shot footage and interviews as well as footage culled from The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, as well as previously unseen interviews. The film was a critical success and was seen as setting the record straight in regard to the history of The Sex Pistols.

By 2000 he had 3 children too. A daughter named Juno, and two sons named Leo and Felix. Juno born in 1989, Leo born in 1993 and Felix in 2000.

Since 2002 Temple has made a feature length documentary about the Glastonbury Festival. This involved him shooting footage at the festival from 2002 to 2005, as well as drawing on the vast amount of archive footage as well as footage sent in by fans of the festival. It was released in the UK in April 2006.

In 2006 Temple made a film of the life of his great friend, Joe Strummer - The Future Is Unwritten. In November 2007, Temple filmed several of the Sex Pistols' comeback shows at the Brixton Academy in London. This was followed by several filming sessions with each member of the band as they re-visited their old London haunts. The footage was assembled into a new documentary film released on DVD in 2008 as The Sex Pistols: There'll Always Be An England, bringing Temple's association with the Sex Pistols up to date.

In June 2008, Temple filmed three concerts by Madness at the Hackney Empire. These concerts were previews of the band's forthcoming album, The Liberty Of Norton Folgate. A DVD release is awaited.[5]

In 2009 Temple directed the third film in his punk trilogy - Oil City Confidential - celebrating the Canvey Island legends Dr. Feelgood and a hymn to the Motor City entitled Requiem For Detroit? (2010).

In 2010 Temple directed the biography Ray Davies:Imaginary Man. Previously he'd directed several Kinks videos. Also, he was referred to by name in The Kinks song "Too hot" from their Word of Mouth album: "Julien's on the street today/ Scouting out locations..."

Temple is currently filming a feature dramatisation of "Murder in Samarkand" by Craig Murray, starring Steve Coogan and Megan Fox.

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Elizabeth Mogg 1830
On a visit to the Quantocks Cecil Sharp (a folk music collector) met Elizabeth Mogg who was born in Over Stowey in 1830. She was living in Nether Stowey in 1881 and working as a dressmaker, and although unmarried had a son born at Holford. By 1891 she had migrated to Doddington, where she lived in the household of her brother-in- law Henry Chilcott, with James Squires, another singer. Cecil Sharp collected from her in Holford and she was buried from Hilton Cottages, in that village, in March 1921.
The False Bride
from Elizabeth Mogg, Holford, Somerset;
noted in 1904 by Cecil Sharp.