“The Bristol Coachman”

Alternate titles: “The Jolly Bristol Coachman”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(109))
Keywords: infidelity bargaining humorous husband rake


A coachman is enticed home by a girl. Her husband catches him. The coachman proposes "if I have slept with your good wife, I'll let you sleep with mine." The husband demands forty or fifty pounds.



  1. Opie-Oxford2 409, "Up at Piccadilly oh!" (2 texts)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #238, p. 153, "(Up at Piccadilly oh!)"
  3. BI, OO2409