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Dr foster..nursery rhymes

Posted by Bruce Kahl on March 27, 2001

In Reply to: Dr foster..nursery rhymes posted by mark salter on March 27, 2001

: can anyone tell me who dr foster was in the nursery rhyme:
: Dr foster went to Gloucester
: In a shower of rain......?

: and what is the context of the rhyme?

Dr Foster went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle
And never went there again

Supposedly, in this rhyme Dr. Foster is King Edward I of England. He travelled to Gloucester in the middle of a rainstorm. When he entered Gloucester his horse fell and both he and the horse ended up in the middle of a huge mud puddle. The town's people had to use planks of wood to remove both King Edward and his horse from the mud. King Edward was enraged by this misfortune and refused to return to Gloucester.