Information About Ride A Cockhorse To Banbury Cross
"Ride A Cockhorse To Banbury Cross" or Ride A Cock Horse" is a nursery rhyme that references 'Banbury', an English town in Oxfordshire. A rhyme recorded in 1744 in 'Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book' uses the line "Ride a cock-horse To Banbury Cross". The first recorded version of the rhyme that we are familiar with today was listed in 'Gammer Gurton's Garland or The Nursery Parnassus' printed in 1784 but this version differs from modern versions in that the subject is not a fine lady but "an old woman".
The bells worn on the lady's toes may refer to the fashion of wearing bells on the end of shoes during the fifteenth century.
Originally a "Cock Horse" was a lively horse but from around the mid-sixteenth century it could have meant a pretend hobby horse or even an adult's knee.
The "fine lady" of the rhyme has often been associated with Queen Elizabeth I and Lady Godiva.