Two of the songs in the play were in fact adapted from nursery rhymes. These were,
- Ring-a-ring of Roses - About the plague
- London's Burning - About the fire, obviously
I duly explain to him about the fact that nursery rhymes and folk songs were a way of communicating historical events before the advert of television, etc.
I've had this theory that 'Jack and Jill' might have a connection to a pair of windmills on the South Downs near Ditchling. Therefore I Google'd it to see what turned up. I was of course completely wrong, which is nothing unusual. However, it did lead me to an interesting website which describes this and many other nursery rhymes origins.
If you're interested it's Nursery Rhymes - Lyrics and Origins!
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