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Page 140. " St Sepulchre "

St Sepulchre was an old parish, half within and half outside London. The inner half was abolished in 1907 and the outer half, which became part of Finsbury, in 1915. St-Sepulchre-without-Newgate, as the inner part of the parish was officially known, is an Anglican church which is now in Holborn. The largest parish church in London, it was founded in Saxon times but has been rebuilt and remodelled several times during its life. Just opposite the Old Bailey (formerly Newgate Prison), the church bell would ring to mark the execution of a prisoner on the prison gallows. This led it to be christened ‘the bells of Old Bailey’, as one of the ‘Cockney bells’ of London in the rhyme Oranges and Lemons:

St Sepulchre Church
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Oranges and lemons,

Say the bells of St. Clement's.

You owe me five farthings,

Say the bells of St. Martin's.

When will you pay me?

Say the bells of Old Bailey.

When I grow rich,

Say the bells of Shoreditch.

When will that be?

Say the bells of Stepney.

I do not know,

Says the great bell of Bow.

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,

And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!