Nursery Rhymes of London Town


  • Burgh House & Hampstead Museum

  • New End Square, NW3 1LT

  • 020 7431 0144


  • free

  • 5-Oct-16 to 24-Dec-16

  • Wednesday to Friday and Sunday, 12:00-5pm

  • All ages

12-5pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday

A Centenary Display at Burgh House

Nursery Rhymes of London Town, published in 1916, was the first literary success of the renowned writer Eleanor Farjeon. It led to a string of much-loved children's stories, poetry, plays, biographies and novels. Young children still learn her poem 'Cats sleep anywhere' at school, today's church-goers sing her hymn 'Morning has Broken' while for lovers of First World War poetry, her poignant memoir Edward Thomas: The Last Four Years is a must. A life-long resident of Hampstead, Farjeon died in 1965, but is still commemorated annually by the Eleanor Farjeon Award for outstanding contribution to children's literature presented by the Children's Book Circle.

The book contains over fifty nonsense rhymes, all based on London place names, including King's Cross and Oxford Circus, as well as local areas such as St. John's Wood, Highgate and The Spaniards.

To mark the centenaries of the two books, Burgh House & Hampstead Museum is hosting a special exhibition including first editions, art, photos and memorabilia from the estates of Eleanor Farjeon and MacDonald Gill.

Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.

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