Oranges and Lemons say the bells of St Clements

Safelincs provide fire extinguisher servicing for the St Clements Church, Eastcheap, London. This church considers itself to be the church referred to in the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’. The rhyme begins with this church because when the Thames was wider than it is today, the wharf where the citrus fruit cargoes from the Mediterranean were delivered lay just across the street. It is said the church bells pealed when a cargo arrived. The earliest record of the rhyme as it is dates to around 1744.

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