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Doctor Foster

Doctor Foster went to Gloucester,
In a shower of rain,
He stepped in a puddle,
Right up to his middle,
And never went there again.

This rhyme was first published in 1844

It is thought to refer to a visit made by Edward I to Gloucester. On the day in question King Edward's horse stumbled and he fell into a muddy puddle. He vowed that he would never visit Gloucester again.