"and the conduit in Cheapside (which would flow with wine) was regilded"


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One of the five pageants staged for Elizabeth as she made her triumphal way to her coronation was at Cheapside, in the City of London.  Formerly the site of the capital's produce markets, the word 'cheap' derives from 'market' in Medieval English.  Indications of the market can still be seen in many of the roads leading into it: Poultry; Bread Street; Honey Lane, and so on.   It is also where the church of St Mary-le-Bow with its Cockney and Dick Whittington associations, is situated.  It is also where Geoffrey Chaucer grew up and where John Milton and Robert Herrick were born.