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The Dreamwalker's Child

by Steve Voake

The Dreamwalker's Child
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Steve Voake spent eight years as head teacher of Kilmersdon Primary School in Somerset, England; known as the "Jack and Jill" school because it is said that the original well referenced in the rhyme is in the grounds of the school.

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water,
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.

However, Kilmersdon is just one claimant to this particular nursery rhyme.

Some say that Jack and Jill is a reference to the 17th Century English King (also King of Scotland and Ireland), Charles I, who tried to reform the taxes on liquid measures by reducing the volume of a 1/2 pint of beer, commonly known as a Jack, while keeping the tax the same.  If this is the case, Jill would be a reference to a "gill", pronounced jill - a now out of use term for a 1/4 pint measurement.  Charles was beheaded in 1649 on the grounds of high treason, which just goes to show that you shouldn't mess ...

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