Medieval Shoreditch was still mostly rural. The doomsday book shows that ‘shore ditch’ had been part of the parish of Stepney before becoming its own parish.
After the building of the first version of St. Leonard’s church in the 13th century. And for many years, it was the main focal point of Shoreditch. Indeed. Many of you may be not aware that St. Leonard’s church is actually featured in the nursery rhyme, Oranges and Lemons.
Oranges and lemons
Say the bells of Saint Clements
You owe me five farthings
Say the bells of St. Martin’s
When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey
When I grow rich
Say the bells at Shoreditch etc
To learn more about the history of Shoreditch, listen to our London History Podcast Episode 50: History of Shoreditch. Duration: 19 mins.
Hazel Baker is an award-winning London Tour Guide and qualified CIGA guide who delivers guided walks and private tours in London. View all of Hazel’s walking tours.