Bow-street



a street in London, England: location of a metropolitan police court.
Historical Examples

Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, No. XXIII.–April, 1852.–Vol. IV. Various
Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi Joseph Grimaldi
Here and There in London J. Ewing Ritchie
Dryden’s Works (8 of 18): Amphitryon; King Arthur; Cleomenes; Love Triumphant John Dryden
Caleb Williams William Godwin
Tales And Novels, Volume 1 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth
The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete John Forster
The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 2/2 Camden Pelham
The Seven Curses of London James Greenwood

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