The Folklore of London by Antony Clayton


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Historical Publications, 2008. 240 pages. 

'This new history examines the origins of London myths, ceremonies and legends, including many of the last fifty years. The author explores the foundation myths of London, its legendary residents and the rituals and lore of its taverns, tunnels and creatures, both real and imagined. The book also records facts and myths attached to famous characters such as Whittington, Cromwell, Dick Turpin and Nell Gwyn. This social history provides a thorough introduction to the subject.

Ranging from London's pagan origins to modern urban myths, this illustrated history takes in legends, quaint customs, colourful characters and an assortment of taverns, secret tunnels and mummified cats.'