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1001 Stories Collection

Hickory Dickory Dock

Added on 29th June 2020

Nursery Rhyme Origins unknown
First Published 1744

Hickory Dickory Dock, The mouse ran up the clock, The clock struck one...

Story

A traditional nursery rhyme about a mouse who runs up and down a clock.

Why we chose it

Hickory Dickory Dock was one of the nursery rhymes chosen by Helen Cooper for her mural in our much loved Time for Bed room, now recreated as part of Small Worlds.

Where it came from

Hickory Dickory Dock dates back to the 18th century and versions can be found in Britain and American. It was probably used as a counting song or to teach time - or perhaps as a way of deciding who would go first like Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo.

Where it went next

The rhyme was published in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book in London in 1744. Since then it has appeared in numerous collections including Peter and Iona Opie’s The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes.

Associated stories

There are other well- known nursery rhyme mice like Three Blind Mice.

Mice also appear in stories and picture books for the very young, like The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter, The Tale of the Castle Mice by Michael Bond and the Brambly Hedge stories by Jill Barklem.

Added on 29th June 2020

Nursery Rhyme Origins unknown
First Published 1744