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The Bridge Mark - seen in 2009
The Bridge Mark almost certainly appeared on this plaque (now missing)
Cannot find the Bridge Mark. Have a bench mark instead
No sign of the Bridge Mark seen anywhere
More about sword rests below
Wallyg's photo of a matching plaque
put up an hundred years later - has good write-up about the bridge.
Miles from the river
St Clement Eastcheap
Alice was driving the family Rolls Royce and was giving Brenda a lift.
As Brenda got into the car she found two golf tees on the passenger seat.
Not recognising them, she asked "what are these"?
Alice replied, "they are for my husband to rest his balls on when he is driving".
Brenda responded, "gosh, Rolls Royce think of everything".
In similar vein, if Brenda asked what the thing shown below is,
Alice would reply: "it is for the Lord Mayor of London to rest his sword on when he is praying".
Below the City shield is a coat of arms which bears the motto "Strike Dakin strike".
Asking Google about the motto, we find Kelly's Directory for Derbyshire, 1891
which tells us that in St Peter's Church Fairfield there is a mural tablet to William Dakin, a merchant of London (1848) with the singular motto of that family, "Strike, Dakin, strike; the Devil's in the Hemp".
(Here the punctuation gives an indication of who is supposed to be striking whom!)
The church's website
does not mention the tablet but tells of two other Dakins in the graveyard.
In fact the rest was probably presented to the church by Thomas Dakin (1808-1889)
who was a Lord Mayor. This page (cached copy)
on Deakins of Australia and England gives a good explanation of what the motto means.
Another Google hit comes from an unlikely source: small town Minnesota, in this article (cached copy)
from the Kanabec County
Times about someone being busted with $1000 dollars worth of pot [= Cannabis
= hemp]. It definitely must be small town because the story has generated forty eight comments! One of these (search text for Dakin) is from someone who still has the family motto word perfect after seven generations.
Sword rest and pew in Holy Trinity Church, Kendal, Westmorland.
(Copied from this geograph page
© Copyright John Salmon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.)
I find to my surprise that I first saw a sword rest fifty
(although I was not introduced to it at the time) when I took part in Kendal Grammar School activities held in the Parish Church.
I do not need an high resolution version of the image to tell me that the motto under this shield is
pannus mihi panis
] is my bread
London Stones and Crowstomes
Crowstone (Priory Park)
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