Page 56. " a tomb in Kensal Green Cemetery "

Kensal Green Cemetery was opened in 1833 and had become by late Victorian times  a fashionable burial place, famous for its varied and often elaborate tomb monuments.


Kensal Green cemetery, London
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Page 56. " my grandfather’s vault at Bow "
St Mary's church, Bow
Creative Commons AttributionSt Mary's church, Bow - Credit: Maggie Jones
This is St Mary's church in Bow, east London, an area that in his childhood Jerome describes as a leafy, residential neighbourhood, 'being built on then, but there were stretches where it still ran through scrubby fields and pastures.' The church is often mistaken for St Mary-le-Bow (home to the Bow Bells) in Cheapside. The church in Bow now stands on a traffic island.
Page 56. " my great-aunt Susan has a brick grave in Finchley Churchyard "

Jerome is talking here about the churchyard of the medieval St Mary-At-Finchley parish church in the area known as Church End in Finchley, London Borough of Barnet.

Page 56. " he had looked forward to seeing Mrs Thomas’s grave "

Harris had also stated a few pages earlier that he wanted to see this tomb at Hampton church, but on being asked who Mrs Thomas was, he replied 'How should I know? She's a lady that's got a funny tomb, and I want to see it.' Paul Goldsack, in his book River Thames: In the Footsteps of the Famous, says that 'It's not a funny tomb at all, just a couple of marble pillars surmounted by a coat of arms and the figure of Susannah Thomas, who "departed this life on the 4th of April 1731 in the 48th year of her age".' The tomb is on the east wall of the south aisle of St Mary the Virgin church at Hampton.


St Mary's church, Hampton
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Page 66. " We reached Sunbury lock at half past three "

There are two locks at Sunbury, side by side. The Sunbury Regatta has been held every year since 1876.

Sunbury Lock
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Page 67. " Caesar, of course had a little place at Walton "
Julius Caesar
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Caesar's Camp at Walton-on-Thames was at one time believed to be a fortified encampment belonging to Julius Caesar, but in fact it is much earlier in date.

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Page 67. " There is an iron scold’s bridle in Walton Church "
Scold's bridle in use
Public DomainScold's bridle in use
St Mary's church, Walton-on-Thames
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This was an iron contraption used as a punishment for women. A replica scold's bridle (known as brank in Scotland) is on display in a box at St Mary's Church, Walton, because the one referred to here was stolen in 1965. The original scold's bridle was dated 1633 and came to Walton from Chester in 1723. It was inscribed 'Chester presents Walton with a bridle to curb women's tongues which talk too idle'.



Page 67. " You pass Oatlands Park on the right bank here "
Oatlands Park Hotel
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Oatlands Park Hotel is on the site of the royal palaces of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. It became a hotel in 1856.

Oatlands Palace
Public DomainOatlands Palace - Credit: Daniel Newman
Page 68. " It’s a banjo "

A banjo is a stringed instrument that was developed in the US by enslaved Africans. It was based on various African instruments and became popular from the 19th century.