Esoteric London

No. 973: Garnham Street, N16

Posted in Architectural, Political London, Public Art, Pubs by esotericlondon on November 20, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_5672 copy

Garnham Street, London, N16. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

From the inscription at the foot of the tiled panel on the exterior wall of the Jolly Butchers public house:

The Duchess of Devonshire canvassing the Jolly Butchers for their votes for Fox

[ The remarkable, if slightly faded, tiled panel on the Jolly Butchers pub in Stoke Newington, N16 shows the Duchess of Devonshire kissing a butcher. This was rumoured that the Duchess, a celebrated beauty, socialite and active political campaigner, employed the practice of trading kisses for votes in favour of Charles James Fox during the 1784 general election.

For more on Charles James Fox see post No.683. R.D.]

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