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Born within sound of Bow Bells born within City bounds, Cockney; the bells referred to are those of Bow Church or St Mary-le-Bow, formerly St Mary of the Arches, in Cheapside, London, so called from the ‘bows’ or arches supporting its steeple.

Bow Street Runner the popular name for a London policeman during the first half of the 19th century; Bow Street in London, near Covent Garden, is the site of the principal metropolitan police court. The Bow Street Runners were nicknamed Redbreasts for the bright scarlet waistcoats they habitually wore.

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