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Bow Bells

(bō), in the church of St. Mary-le-Bow (Bow Church), Cheapside, London, England. The church is located in mid-London, and tradition says that only one who is born within sound of the Bow Bells is a true Londoner, or Cockney. According to legend the Bow Bells called Dick Whittington (see Whittington, RichardWhittington, Richard,
1358–1423, English merchant and lord mayor of London. He made his fortune as a mercer and then entered London politics to become successively councilman, alderman, sheriff, and finally (1397) lord mayor, an office to which he was elected three times.
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) back to London. The fine steeple, which is over 222 ft (68 m) high, was constructed by Christopher Wren when he rebuilt the church after the great fire of 1666; the crypt of the original Norman church, with the arches (bows) for which the church is named, still stands.
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Bow Bells

famous bell in East End of London; “only one who is born within the bell’s sound is a true Cockney.” [Br. Hist.: NCE, 347]
See: Cockney
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But the deafening roar of road and air traffic, and proliferation of high-rise buildings in the City of London, have deadened the sound of the Bow Bells.
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If you live in the colder UK regions, choose Anticipation, Donation or Bow Bells, which flower freely even in bad weather.
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With these adaptations, the material surrounding the plays suggests that the management anticipates a broad crossover between the readership of the original serial and the audience for the production: the adaptations are closely tied to their origins through advertisements that identify the play as 'from the serial in Bow Bells' or 'from the serial by Mrs Winstanley.' As I shall outline in more detail in a later section, the advertising posters also make extensive use of material from the original serials.
When anybody asks me where I came from, I'm proud to say that I was born within the sound, you know, of Bow Bells and I'm an East Ender....
He has concluded that for all their avowed humanist rejection of a racial hierarchy and dismissal of such crude measures as head size and hair texture to delineate racial difference, the Observers of the masses were still confused about the differences between race and nation and culture, and thus their categorization failed to recognize that if a Jew was born within the sound of Bow Bells that would mean that he or she was a Cockney as well as being a Jewish.
Even I was a Muslim for a little bit." And how it was racism that drove him to Islam: "I am a Cockney, born within the sound of Bow Bells. My father was Jamaican but my mother was white from Newcastle.