Cries of London - Primroses

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    The picture is called Two Bunches a-Penny, Primroses, Two Bunches a Penny. - Towards teh end of the eighteenth century, flower-sellers were comparatively few, for the majority of Londoners had their own gardens in which flowers could be grown. There was a fiar sale, however, for flowers for planting or for herbs to be used in medicine. "All-a-grwoing" suggests that the primroses could be planted by the buyers in their gardens. The flower-sellers of primroses had most likely gathered them from the countryside where they lived: in the fields of Islington, Paddington, or Lambeth.

    Although each call was probably quite individual this is one of them;
    Will you buy my sweet primroses,..two bunches a-penny? All a-growing, all a-blowing, who will buy my sweet primroses,...Two bunches a-penny.

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