Joshua L. Bagnall

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Joshua L Bagnall was a Tyneside composer of the early and mid-19th century.


Bagnall was a Tyneside singer/songwriter. In the late 19th century he published a small book of his own Tyneside songs.

Bagnall became proprietor of the Oxford Music Hall c. 1865. The change of name for "The Wheatsheaf Music Hall" (previously "Balmbra's Music Hall") to the "Oxford Music Hall" appeared in advertisements c. 1865, and with the new name came a new ownership/management, in the form of (described in Allan's Tyneside Songs as "spirited") Joshua L Bagnall and Walter William Blakey.

Whilst in this position he seems to have concentrated his writing skills solely to the Christmas pantomimes. There is no record of the length of his stay at the Oxford, but the advertisements for events at the Oxford appeared to cease c. 1879, which would point to its closure as a music hall.

Bagnall later became the landlord of "The Cannon Public House",[1] Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead.


Several of the songs attributed to him appear in The Songs of the Tyne being a collection of Popular Local Songs Number 10, published by John Ross, Printer and Publisher, Royal Arcade, Newcastle.

These songs are:

  • Calleyforney O ! (in volume 1) to the tune of Polly Parker
  • Tom Johnson (in volume 5) to the tune of Tallygrip
  • Tommy Carr's discussion wiv his wife, on the choice of a trade for their son Jack (in volume 6) to the tune of Cappy, or The Pitman's Dog
  • The Pitman's museum (in volume 7)
  • Callerforney - A dialogue (in volume 7) to the tune of Alley Creaker
  • Two Hundred Years to come (in volume 8) to the tune of Days we went gipsying

In addition to these songs

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  1. ^ "Cannon Public House, Low Fell" – via WikiMedia Commons.
  2. ^ "FARNE Folk Archive Resource North East- Yer gannin to be a keelman". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside songs".
  4. ^ "Farne archives Cuddy Willy's Deeth". Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2012.

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