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From: "Shirley Thompson" <>
Subject: Re: Bow Bells
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 1999 23:40:31 -0700


Eve and John: Thanks for the information about Bow Bells. It amazes me how
much you two know.

Shirley in California




----- Original Message -----
From: JohnFHH <>
To: Shirley Thompson <>
Cc: LONDON LIST <>
Sent: Saturday, October 02, 1999 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: Bow Bells


> Hi Shirley
> The nursery rhyme ends "I'm sure I don't know, said the Great Bell of Bow"
> In 1472 a City mercer provided for Bow Bells to be rung every night at 9
> o'clock, presumably as a curfew (couvrez-feu - citizens were to cover and
> bank down fires - an early fire prevention measure).(The curfew was also
> rung at All Hallows Berkyngchirche; St.Giles Cripplegate and St. Bride's,
> Fleet Street.
>
> In 1520 the Great Bell of S.Mary-le-Bow was caused to be rung as a signal
> to end work.
> Stow 1598, recorded this Great Bell had been given by one of the
> churchwardens in 1516, bringing the number of bells up to five and that
the
> parish clerk was lax and unpunctual with the curfew.
> The bells were destroyed in the Great Fire, and again in the Blitz of
1941,
> by which time the number had grown to twelve, and twelve were replaced
after
> the War.
> So, one Bell for the nursery rhyme,
> the sound of Bow BellS for the definition of a cockney.
> HTH
> Cheers
>
> John Henley (if it bounces try again, trouble withISP,I am still here:-) ]
> researching
> HENLEY, PARKER, PRENTICE, SECKER, RAPER, DURDEN
> [London/Middx./Essex/Suffolk]
> ROLFE, (O)RAFFERTY, EVANS, PARSONS, SYMONDS [Berks/Hants/Wilts]
> HILL [Staffs/Cambs/Berks]
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shirley Thompson Date: 02 October 1999 20:43Subject: Re: Bow Bells
>
> >Hi all: Can someone tell me for sure if St. Mary-le-Bow has ONE bell or
> >many bells. The last I heard on this list, it was just ONE bell. Thank
> >you. Website below mentions BELLS.
> >Shirley in California
>
>

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