cockle-barrel

1510

Senior Member
Vietnamese
Hi everybody,

I'm new here and I don't know where to post this question. I have problem with the word "cockle-barrel". Is it a slang? Can anybody help? Thanks.
 
  • Copyright

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    American English
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    1510

    Senior Member
    Vietnamese
    Here. It's from Wolf Hall of Hilary Mantel.

    some person had shouted out, ‘and don't forget me and my cousin Kate, and Dick with his cockle-barrel on Leadenhall, and his sister

    Susan and her little dog Posset.’

    Thank you.
     

    heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Leadenhall is a market in the City of London, and quite likely it would have been there in Cromwell's time. So I'm guessing Dick was a cockle seller, and his stall or stand would be called a cockle-barrel. Just a guess.
     
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