Cockney

The term Cockney does not, as is often thought, mean a person from London's East End, but someone born within the sound of the bells of St Mary le Bow in the Strand. Traditionally, many Cockneys lived in Southwark. The cockney family of Dogget, and an introduction to cockney rhyming slang, are to be found in LONDON: 'Gin Lane'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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