Esoteric London

No. 59: Dingley Road, EC1

Posted in Churches, Lettering, Shops by esotericlondon on May 20, 2010

Dingley Road, London, EC1. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

Oranges and Lemons – traditional English nursery rhyme:

Gay go up, and gay go down,

To ring the bells of London Town.

Bull’s eyes and targets,

Say the bells of St Margaret’s.

Brickbats and tiles,

Say the bells of St Giles’.

Oranges and lemons,

Say the bells of St Clement’s.

Old shoes and slippers,

Say the bells of St Peter’s.

A stick and two apples,

Say the bells at Whitechapel.

Old Father Baldpate,

Say the slow bells at Aldgate.

Maids in white aprons,

Say the bells at St Catherine’s.

Pokers and tongs,

Say the bells of St John’s.

Kettles and pans,

Say the bells of St Anne’s.

Halfpence and farthings,

Say the bells of St Martin’s.

When will you pay me?

Say the bells at Old Bailey.

When I grow rich,

Say the bells at Shoreditch.

Pray, when will that be?

Say the bells of Stepney.

I do not know,

Says the great bell at Bow.

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,

Here comes a chopper to chop off your head.