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.
The small village of Kilmersdon in north Somerset, England, claims to be the origin of the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme. Local legend recalls how in the late 15th century, a young unmarried couple regularly climbed a nearby hill in order to conduct their secret dating away from the prying eyes of the village. Jill became pregnant, but just before the baby was born Jack was killed by a rock that had fallen from their ‘special’ hill. A few days later, Jill died whilst giving birth to their love child. Their tragic tale unfolds today on a series of inscribed stones that leads along a path to that ‘special’ hill.
Other tales tell us Jack and Jill relate to the French revolution, but the most common origin is the one above! I’m sure some of you might know or find more…