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.
" my great-aunt Susan has a brick grave in Finchley Churchyard "
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.
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'.
" You pass Oatlands Park on the right bank here "