Canning Town Folk: Resources


British History Online

Aston Mansfield (for more on the history of Mansfield Settlement)

Ju Gosling's Virtual Worlds of Girls (for more about 20th-century girls' stories)

The Guardian's obituary of Josie Woods, a Black dancer and choreographer who was born and grew up in Canning Town and who began her professional career in 1927 with the Eight Lancashire Lads, the clog-and-tap-dancing team with which, a generation earlier, Charlie Chaplin had started his career.


English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS), including the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY. Tel: 020 7485 2206. Fax: 020 7284 0534. Library Fax: 020 7284 0523. Email: Website:

East London Dance. Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, London E15 1BX. Tel: 020 8279 1050. Fax: 020 8279 1054. Email: Website:

Morley College (folk dance classes). Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT. Tel: 020 7928 8501.Fax: 020 7928 4074. Email: Website:


Newham Archives and Local Studies Library, Heritage and Archives Search Room, Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, London E15 1EL. Tel: 020 3373 6881. Email:

Historic Ordnance Survey maps, Alan Godfrey Maps, Prospect Business Park, Leadgate, Consett, DH8 7PW. Tel: 01207 583388. Fax: 01207 583399. Email: Website:


Singing and Dancing Wherever She Goes: A Life of Maud Karpeles by Simona Pakenham. Published by the English Folk Dance and Song Society in 2011, now out of print.

The Fine Companion edited by Hilary Clare. The story of a caravan trip during the summer of 1914 when D C Daking - ‘The Pixie’ - and some of her friends went to Stratford upon Avon. The book includes the full text of Daking’s diary of the trip ‘The Log of the Fine Companion’, with additional notes and biographical information about Daking and her companions researched and written by Hilary Clare. £2.50 plus p&p from where you can also buy titles by and about Elsie J. Oxenham.

‘Meeting the Prophet: Cecil Sharp and the English Folk Revival as seen by Elsie J. Oxenham’, by Allison Thompson, and ‘ “The lady that is with you”, Maud Karpeles and the English Folk Revival’, by Georgina Boyes, in Step Change: New Views on Traditional Dance, Georgina Boyes (ed.), Francis Boutle, London, 2001.

Cecil Sharp, A.H. Fox Strangeways and Maud Karpeles, Oxford University Press, London, 1955. (A number of different editions are available through inter-library loan or in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Cecil Sharp House — see below for details.)

The Abbey Chronicle, published by the Elsie J. Oxenham Appreciation Society, The Abbey Chronicle (Membership Secretary/Treasurer), 32 Tadfield Road, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 5AJ. Website: The Chronicle also contains details of dealers who sell secondhand copies of Oxenham’s books.

The World of Elsie Jeanette Oxenham and her books, Monica Godfrey, Girls Gone By, 2003.

Island to Abbey: Survival and Sanctuary in the Books of Elsie J. Oxenham 1907 to 1959, Stella Waring and Sheila Ray, Girls Gone By, 2006.

Girls Gone By Publishers publish reprints of a number of Elsie J. Oxenham titles, complete with the original illustrations and detailed introductions. Contact them for a catalogue at GGBP, 4 Rock Terrace, Coleford, Radstock, Somerset BA3 5NF. Email: Website:

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