The sound of Bow Bells
The Bells of St. Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside, London rang out and told young Dick Whittington to ‘tum again, tum again Whittington – thrice Mayor of London”.
A person born within the sound of Bow Bells is traditionally considered to be a true Cockney. The Church was nearly destroyed by bombs in 1941. The Bells, 6 of them, re-cast from old metal were restored in 1961.
Oranges and Lemons Nursery Rhyme
Oranges and Lemons – Said the Church of St. Clements
Bullseyes and Targets – Saint Margarets
Brickback and Tiles – Saint Giles
Pancakes and Fritters – St. Peters
Toothpicks and Apples – Whitechapel
Old Father Baldcake – Aldgate
Maids and White Aprons – St. Catherines
Pokers and Tongs – St. Johns
Kettles and Pans – St. Annes
Five Farthings – St. Martins
When will you pay me – Old Bailey
When I grow rich – Shoreditch
When will that be – Stepney
I’m sure I don’t know – Great Bell of Bow.