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Monday, 11 April 2011

Crutched Friars

Like most parts of London, if you find a pub or a street with a name like this then there is history associated with the name.
The area near Tower Hill was named after a group of Friars arrived here around 1244. They wore a wooden cross around their neck and had a red fabric cross on their habit. Thus "crutched" an old word for cross.

9 comments:

Caroline said...

Just reading Bill Bryson's latest book "At Home" in which London's history features quite a lot. Absolutley fascinating.

Julie said...

WHen I was a kid I lived on a sheep farm. My father used to crutch the sheep. I suspect that is a different aspect of the word!!

I like the perspective of your shot, and the history associated, no matter what I say in riposte ...

Angie said...

I thought of 'sheep' as well! Looks good snuggled down in a old street.

Sharon said...

I've learned something new again! Thanks. Looks like a quiet little street!

Northern Girl Knits said...

Love this shot. It's quintesential Old London.

Anna said...

I love these little snippets of history. Thanks again for teaching me something new.

RedPat said...

Great sign! I'd go in!

Molly said...

great shot. also shows why i love that part of London --> such a remarkable mix of the very old and the very new.

/t. said...

great pic, mo

the sense of perspective
is enhanced by a visual trick --
that cascading building in the backgroun

a clever capture

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/t.

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