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"Monkey hanger" is a term by which Hartlepudlians are often known. According to local folklore, the term originates from an incident in which a monkey was hanged in Hartlepool, England. During the Napoleonic Wars, a French ship of the type chasse marée was wrecked off the coast of Hartlepool. The only survivor was a monkey, allegedly wearing a French uniform to provide amusement for the crew. On finding the monkey, some locals decided to hold an impromptu trial on the beach; since the monkey was unable to answer their questions and because they had seen neither a monkey nor a Frenchman before, they concluded that the monkey was in fact a French spy. Being found guilty the animal was duly sentenced to death and hanged on the beach. An alternative theory is that it was a young boy who was ha

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  • "Monkey hanger" is a term by which Hartlepudlians are often known. According to local folklore, the term originates from an incident in which a monkey was hanged in Hartlepool, England. During the Napoleonic Wars, a French ship of the type chasse marée was wrecked off the coast of Hartlepool. The only survivor was a monkey, allegedly wearing a French uniform to provide amusement for the crew. On finding the monkey, some locals decided to hold an impromptu trial on the beach; since the monkey was unable to answer their questions and because they had seen neither a monkey nor a Frenchman before, they concluded that the monkey was in fact a French spy. Being found guilty the animal was duly sentenced to death and hanged on the beach. An alternative theory is that it was a young boy who was ha
  • Monkey hanger (apen-opknoper) is een bijnaam voor een inwoner van de Engelse stad Hartlepool. De naam gaat terug op een legende uit de tijd van de napoleontische oorlogen. Een Frans schip genaamd de Chasse Marée zou destijds voor de kust bij Hartlepool schipbreuk hebben geleden, met een aap als enige overlevende. Deze aap zou ter vermaak van de opvarenden op het schip hebben meegereisd en was gekleed in een Frans uniform. De inwoners van Hartlepool zagen de aap daarom aan voor een Franse spion en besloten hem te ondervragen. Toen de aap bleef zwijgen veroordeelden de Hartlepudlianen hem ter dood. Hij werd opgeknoopt aan de mast van een vissersboot.
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  • "Monkey hanger" is a term by which Hartlepudlians are often known. According to local folklore, the term originates from an incident in which a monkey was hanged in Hartlepool, England. During the Napoleonic Wars, a French ship of the type chasse marée was wrecked off the coast of Hartlepool. The only survivor was a monkey, allegedly wearing a French uniform to provide amusement for the crew. On finding the monkey, some locals decided to hold an impromptu trial on the beach; since the monkey was unable to answer their questions and because they had seen neither a monkey nor a Frenchman before, they concluded that the monkey was in fact a French spy. Being found guilty the animal was duly sentenced to death and hanged on the beach. An alternative theory is that it was a young boy who was hanged (the term "powder-monkey" was commonly used for children employed on warships to prime the cannon with gunpowder). The earliest mention of the hanging is from the popular song, written and performed by 19th century comic performer, Ned Corvan, "The Monkey Song". Given that "only after Corvan's appearances in Hartlepool is there strong evidence for the development of the Monkey story", the song seems the most plausible origin for the myth. An earlier and remarkably similar monkey-hanging legend with a similar associated song refers to the inhabitants of Boddam, Aberdeenshire. With similar lyrics and scansion ("And the Boddamers hung the Monkey, O") it is plausible that Ned Corvan heard and adapted the song while travelling the Scottish Lowlands with Blind Willie Purvis.
  • Monkey hanger (apen-opknoper) is een bijnaam voor een inwoner van de Engelse stad Hartlepool. De naam gaat terug op een legende uit de tijd van de napoleontische oorlogen. Een Frans schip genaamd de Chasse Marée zou destijds voor de kust bij Hartlepool schipbreuk hebben geleden, met een aap als enige overlevende. Deze aap zou ter vermaak van de opvarenden op het schip hebben meegereisd en was gekleed in een Frans uniform. De inwoners van Hartlepool zagen de aap daarom aan voor een Franse spion en besloten hem te ondervragen. Toen de aap bleef zwijgen veroordeelden de Hartlepudlianen hem ter dood. Hij werd opgeknoopt aan de mast van een vissersboot. De legendarische aap is sindsdien deel van de folklore in Hartlepool. De officiële mascotte van de lokale voetbalclub Hartlepool United is bijvoorbeeld een aap. Deze H'Angus the Monkey werd in 2002 door de bevolking van Hartlepool tot burgemeester verkozen. Stuart Drummond, de acteur die tijdens de campagne de rol van aap vertolkte, haastte zich na zijn verkiezing overigens om te verklaren dat niet de aap, maar hij nu burgemeester was. Ondanks dat hij zijn verkiezingsbelofte "gratis bananen voor alle schoolkinderen" geen gestand deed, werd hij in 2005 herkozen.
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