Old Lady of Threadneedle Street

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Old Lady of Threadneedle Street

A nickname for the Bank of England. The term is derived from a woman named Sarah Whitehead, who, after her brother's execution for forgery, went to the Bank of England every day to ask to see him. After her death in the mid-1800s, she was buried in a field that later became the Bank's garden. She is said to haunt the Bank.
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Pickwick humorous, the old lady serious, the fat gentleman captious, and Mr.
Another double,' said the old lady, triumphantly making a memorandum of the circumstance, by placing one sixpence and a battered halfpenny under the candlestick.
Having him set, here, by the fire-side, the good old lady sat herself down too; and, being in a state of considerable delight at seeing him so much better, forthwith began to cry most violently.
At the church door stood an old soldier with a crutch, and with a wonderfully long beard, which was more red than white, and he bowed to the ground, and asked the old lady whether he might dust her shoes.
He was not used to it, you know,' said the old lady, 'and he couldn't bear it, that's the truth.
Honeythunder, of course,' said the old lady, folding her arms.
At this moment Theodosia, the nursemaid, approached the old lady with the General's children.
The old lady nearly blowed us into shivers and smithers, many times.
As he was half amused and half curious and all in doubt how to get rid of the old lady without offence, she continued to lead us away, and he and Ada continued to follow, our strange conductress informing us all the time, with much smiling condescension, that she lived close by.
When once that imperious old lady had recovered from her natural awe of a lama he thought it probable that she would be worth listening to.
With sudden energy the old lady plucked off the cover, and there lay Sally with her hair dressed .
Her mother was a Montmorency," cried out the old lady, pulling at the bell with all her might.