The Truth about Humpty Dumpty


Did you know about Humpty Dumpty, the real truth behind the nursery rhyme?

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the kings horses and all the kings men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again

Humpty Dumpty was never an egg.  Oh no, Humpty Dumpty was a cannon.

The original meaning of Humpty Dumpty was simply a label for overweight individuals and the cannon was dubbed so because of its huge size and weight and what happened because of said attributes.  The cannon in question was used in 1648 to defend Colchester, it was strategically placed upon the wall that enclosed the town to defend the Royalists against the Parliamentarians during the civil war.
It was amidst the Siege of Colchester, that the supporting wall was damaged from a shot from an opposing cannon, and the size and weight of the cannon brought the wall and the adjacent church, St Mary’s, crumbling down.  The cannon was still usable however it was so heavy that it could not be raised to another part of the wall by any number of the defending soldiers.

There we go, you just learned something random and pointless that you now bore your friends with.


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