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Polly Crow part 01

Polly Crow part 01

Composer: Hunt, G W

Medium: lithograph, coloured

Date: 1866

Shelfmark: H.1257.(10.)

Item number: Tract (10.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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'Polly Crow' is a cockney expression referring to 'Bow' in London. Traditionally a cockney was someone born within the sound of the bells of the Church of 'St Mary Le Bow' in Cheapside, London. Cockney 'rabbit' or slang, was developed as a secret way of communicating by costermongers, (those selling produce from a barrow in the street) so that they could carry out illegal street trade. It developed and came to be used more widely by Londoners who wanted to have a 'rabbit and pork' (talk), without the upper classes knowing what they were saying.

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