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SELL THE SPOUSE AND HEAD FOR ISLINGTON

Monday, December 9th, 2019

SELL THE SPOUSE AND HEAD FOR ISLINGTON

Have a slice of London’s history by walking from Smithfield through Islington to Highbury Corner.

“He married Jane Carter,No damsel look’d smarter;But he caught a tartar,John Hobbs, John Hobbs;Yes, he caught a tartar, John Hobbs.He tied a rope to her, John Hobbs, John Hobbs;He tied a rope to her, John Hobbs!To ‘scape from hot water,To Smithfield he brought her;But no one bought her …”

“John Hobbs” from “Modern Street Ballads”, ed. J Ashton (publ. 1888).

Clerkenwell’s St Johns Street ended up being described in 1170 whilst the road: … which goeth through the bar of Smithfield towards Yseldon i.e. Islington” (see: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london/vol46/pp203-221). It absolutely was a well-worn path from the nation into city, and ended up being lined with mentoring inns for travellers and hostelries for cattle drovers bringing their pets to advertise. (more…)