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Jos ADD: A Place Called England (Maggie Holland) (92* d) RE: ADD: A Place Called England (Maggie Holland) 11 May 21


I'm glad you asked, as it prompted me to look back through the thread.
The information was given by Maggie Holland herself, in 2004:

Subject: RE: A Mr. Harding sort of England . . ?
From: GUEST,Maggie Holland - PM
Date: 15 Jul 04 - 04:49 AM

Back to the original question for a moment - yes, the "Mr Harding" in "A Place Called England" is indeed a reference to my earlier song "A Proper Sort of Gardener". Mr Harding was employed as a gardener for many years by Courages Brewery in Alton, Hants. He tended several gardens of houses that were owned by the brewery, including the one that I lived in as a child. The last time I met him was when I was visiting my parents' grave in Alton (in the early 80s, I think) and although long retired he had chosen to keep gardening by helping to keep the cemetery tidy.


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