"SONGS OF THE PENDLE COUNTRY" was written under the pen name of Milton Allen - Allen Lambert of Accrington, Lancashire, a newspaper reporter. Illustrations were by D. Latham. This book is also signed by Allen Lambert using his pen name. The book contains a number of songs about the Pendle area of East Lancashire including the iconic song, "Old Pendle", about Pendle Hill, which dominates the local landscape and is held in great affection by local people.
The original song in the book has three verses, an additional verse was added by the late Brian Osborne of The Taverners, who were a Blackpool folk group of the 50's to 70's era.
The original tune in the book, which was somewhat Victorian, was later superceded by a more modern tune. There is still some controversy regarding the composer of the modern version, with some disagreement as to whether it was written by Ted (Brian) Edwards or Brian Osborne. I guess we'll never know for sure.
The song has been recorded by a number of artists, including The Pendlefolk on their 1970 album of the same name. it was recorded in the old Stordy Swiss Roll factory - a stone's throw from the Lambert's Timber Yard where his brothers worked!