Dicks Cat-The rags to riches story of Dick Whittington and his cat is not just a fairy tale: it is part of the folklore of London. Today there is a monument to his cat near the Whittington Stone pub at the foot of Highgate Hill where Dick sat down and heard the famous Bow Bells of East London ring out: Turn Again Whittington! Thrice Lord Mayor of London! This was right near my auntie's house so I passed it quite often when I stayed with her.
Bow Bells are the bells of the church of St. Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, London. To be 'born within the sound of Bow Bells' is the traditional definition of a Cockney. These days anyone with a London accent is likely to be called a Cockney. To some ears this extends to anyone who comes from the South East of England.
The Great Hall. Guildhall. London Guildhall has been the City powerhouse since the twelfth century. In an era when the Lord Mayor of London rivalled the monarch for influence and prestige, this was where he and the ruling merchant class held court, fine-tuned the laws and trading regulations that helped create London’s wealth.
Forty Hall, Enfield. Forty Hall was built for Sir Nicholas Rainton (1569-1646). The house was completed in 1632/3 when Sir Nicholas and his family moved in. Sir Nicholas was elected Lord Mayor of London in 1832 and was knighted in 1633. In 1634 he was made President of St Bartholomew's Hospital, which position he held until his death at Forty Hall in 1646. In 1640 he refused to lend money to Charles I and also refused to supply details of the wealth of his associates when requested to do so…