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 Dumpty together again.
Humpty Dumpty in fact was the nickname of an unusually large cannon that was mounted on the wall of St. Mary’s Wall Church in Colchester, England during the English Civil War (1642-1649). It was intended to protect the Parliamentarin stonghold of Colchester which was being controled by the Royalists at the time. A shot from a Parliamentary canon hit the wall just underneath Humpty Dumpty causing the wall to crumble and the canon fell to the ground. The Royalists (all the kings men) tried to raise the canon on a different part of the wall (with the help of the horses) but because of the size and weight of the canon they failed and Colchester fell to the Parliamentarians.