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The History of Christmas Carols
Episode 5127th December 2021 • The BackTracker History Show • The Backtracker
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It wouldn't feel like Christmas without the traditional Christmas Carol, so we take a look into the history of this heart warming custom as well as the origins of some of the nation's most loved songs.

PLUS it's the final instalment of The Big Bristol to London Stroll where we end up in what has been called, the birthplace of The Church of England.

This is the last show of the year. The first one of 2022 will be released on 17th January 2022.


This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England. 

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So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.




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A Christmas Cornucopia by Mark Forsyth © 2016

Bristol Mercury - Thursday 29 December 1898


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Intro music by The Model Folk