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 Shore (Jane).Shorne (Sir John) or Master John Shorne, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Shoreditch,
 
according to tradition, is so called from Jane Shore, who, it is said, died there in a ditch. This tale comes from a ballad in Pepys’ collection; but the truth is, it receives its name from Sir John de Soerdich, lord of the manor in the reign of Edward III.   1
       
“I could not get one bit of bread
Whereby my hunger might be fed… .
So, weary of my life, at length
I yielded up my vital strength
Within a ditch … which since that day
Is Shoreditch called, as writers say.”
   Duke of Shoreditch. The most successful of the London archers received this playful title.   2
        “Good king, make not good Lord of Lincoln Duke of Shoreditch!”—The Poore Man’s Peticion to the Kinge. (1603.)
 


 Shore (Jane).Shorne (Sir John) or Master John Shorne, 

 
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