Yellow Discovery Trail: Wenlock and Mandeville

This is the second post in our series about the Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, that have been placed around London as part of the new Discovery Trails that have been unveiled to guide locals and tourists around London for the Olympics.

Here are some fun facts and information about the most interesting mascots on the Yellow Trail. The Yellow Trail takes you through London’s historic East End.

Pearly MandevillePearly Mandeville:

Pearly Kings and Queens are an organised charitable tradition of working class culture in London. The practice of wearing clothes decorated with pearl buttons originated in the 19th century. It is first associated with Henry Croft, an orphan street sweeper who collected money for charity. At the time, London apple sellers were in the habit of wearing trousers decorated at the seams with pearl buttons that had been found by market traders. Croft adapted this to create a pearly suit to draw attention to himself and aid his fund-raising activities. In 1911 an organised pearly society was formed in Finchley, north London. The ‘pearlies’ are now divided into several active charitable groups.


Spitalfields WenlockSpitalfields Wenlock:

This Wenlock is positioned just outside of Old Spitalfields market. Spitalfields market is a covered market in Spitalfields, just outside the City of London. It is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. There has been a market on the site since 1638 when Charles I of England gave a licence for flesh, fowl and roots to be sold on Spittle Fields – which was then a rural area on the eastern outskirts of London. The market has been described as one of London’s finest Victorian market halls, bringing together some of the Capital’s finest restaurants, shops and an array of themed stall market days.


Dickens WenlockDickens Wenlock:

Charles John Huffam  (d. 1870) was an English writer and social critic who is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and the creator of some of the world’s most memorable fictional characters. During his lifetime Dickens’s works enjoyed unprecedented popularity and fame, and by the twentieth century his literary genius was fully recognized by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to enjoy an enduring popularity among the general reading public. Dickens is the author of, among many, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities.


Cockney WenlockCockney Wenlock

The term Cockney has both geographical and linguistic associations. Geographically and culturally, it often refers to working-class Londoners, particularly those in the East End. Linguistically, it refers to the form of English spoken by this group. Cockney speakers have a distinctive accent and dialect, and occasionally use rhyming slang (such as using ‘apples and pears’ to mean ‘stairs’ or ‘Adam and Eve’ for ‘believe’).




Bishopsgate Wenlock:Bishopsgate Wenlock

Bishopsgate is a road and ward in the northeast part of the City of London, extending north from Gracechurch Street to Norton Folgate. It is named after one of the original seven gates in London Wall. The site of this gate is marked by a stone bishop’s mitre, fixed high on the building located at the junction of Wormwood Street with Bishopsgate, just by the gardens there and facing the Heron Tower.