hi all this is my first proper post as an ats user and i have decided to share with you the legend/myth of the hartlepool monkey.
This is all set during the napoleonic wars .. (uk vs france) in a small town on the north east coast of hartlepool. Just a little fishing village at
the time with nothing much going on lol.
Anyhow during these times the french armada sailed up and down the English coast all the time ...
The fishermen of Hartlepool fearing an invasion kept a close watch on the French vessel as it struggled against the storm but when the vessel was
severely battered and sunk they turned their attention to the wreckage washed ashore. Among the wreckage lay one wet and sorrowful looking survivor,
the ship's pet monkey dressed to amuse in a military style uniform.
so after being washed up on which i think was the headland beach the locals got a grip of it ... not knowing if it was a frenchman or not as they
probably hadn't seen a frenchman that far up north in those days.
The people of Hartlepool at the time were largely simple fishing folk and had (probably) never seen a monkey either and so they assumed it was a
They then took it to the docks ... by this time quite a crowd had gathered as news spread around hartlepool that they had found a french spy. The
monkey (obviously) couldnt speak a word of english during the questioning it recieved from the locals it could only jibber which strenghtened the
thought of the locals that it was infact a french spy and its dialect was infact french.
Finally the monkey was put on trial found guilty of spying and sentanced to death by hanging for its crimes the monkey was hung on the fish sands a
small beach on the headland of hartlepool. hence why we are called monkey hangers lol and hence my profile pic
There is a few poems about it on the internet ill post one here courtesy of wiki....
"The Monkey Song":
In former times, mid war an' strife,
The French invasion threatened life,
An' all was armed to the knife,
The Fishermen hung the Monkey O!
The Fishermen wi' courage high,
Seized on the Monkey for a spy,
"Hang him" says yen, says another,"He'll die!"
They did, and they hung the Monkey O!.
They tortor'd the Monkey till loud he did squeak
Says yen, "That's French," says another "it's Greek"
For the Fishermen had got drunky, O!
"He's all ower hair!" sum chap did cry,
E'en up te summic cute an' sly
Wiv a cod's head then they closed an eye,
Afore they hung the Monkey O!
this is a song about it too lol
we also have a football (soccer for the americans) mascot called h'angus the monkey and after some years of being the football mascot for the club he
ran for the post of mayor of hartlepool ... and subsequently won! so we not only hung a monkey we are now sort of governed by a monkey lol how wierd
so ill leave it upto you to decide if this is myth/legend or is it infact true ....
i hope that it is true as i am proud of my heritage and wouldnt have it any other way lol !!
hope you have enjoyed reading this
as i have enjoyed posting and sharing it
edit on 24-5-2013 by KARLOSS28 because: (no reason given)