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Ride a Cock Horse


Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse,
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
And she shall have music wherever she goes


This rhyme was first published in 1784

In the middle ages it was fashionable to wear shoes with bells on which may refer to the bells on the end of her toes. It would only be a noble lady that would have worn such attire. Banbury Cross was a key feature of the town of Banbury but was destroyed by Puritans in 1600 so the rhyme must almost certainly originate from before that date. The lady in question is unknown. 

 

 

 

 

 


Updated 19/08/2014

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