The Oranges and Lemons Churches

London's churches are famous for their association with the children's rhyme "Oranges and Lemons". Below is a quick stop tour of the Oranges and Lemons Churches

Gay go up and gay go down
To Ring the Bells of London Town
"Oranges and Lemons" say the Bells of St. Clements (or alternatively St. Clements)
"Bullseyes and Targets" say the Bells of St. Margaret's
"Brickbats and Tiles" say the Bells of St. Giles
"Halfpence and Farthings" say the Bells of St. Martin's
"Pancakes and Fritters" say the Bells of St. Peter's
"Two Sticks and an Apple" say the Bells of Whitechapel (refers to Whitechapel Bell Foundry)
"Maids in white aprons" say the Bells at St. Katherine's
"Pokers and Tongs" say the Bells of St. John's (refers to St. John's Chapel in the Tower of London)
"Kettles and Pans" say the Bells of St. Anne's
"Old Father Baldpate" say the slow Bells of Aldgate
"You owe me Ten Shillings" say the Bells of St. Helen's
"When will you Pay me?" say the Bells of Old Bailey (refers to the Old Bailey Courts)
"When I grow Rich" say the Bells of Shoreditch
"Pray when will that be?" say the Bells of Stepney
"I do not know" say the Great Bell of Bow
Gay go up and gay go down
To Ring the Bells of London Town
Here comes a candle to light you to bed
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!

Enjoy the Tour!

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