The activities team at Barty House put together a celebration of Cockney Culture, with a proper knees up thrown in.
So what is Cockney rhyming slang? It is a humorous slang first used by cockneys in the east end of London and now understood widely in London and throughout Britain. It was invented in London in the 1840s by market traders, costermongers (sellers of fruit and vegetables from handcarts) and street hawkers. It was probably first used as a cant – a language designed to disguise what was being said from passers-by. Today, cockney rhyming slang phrases have entered the British lexicon, and many are still used in London and indeed all around Britain.Read More