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Newington Butts is a short road in Southwark, London, England, leading south-west from the Elephant and Castle. The road forks into Kennington Park Road (the A3), to the left) leading to Kennington and Kennington Lane (the A3204, to the right) leading to Vauxhall Bridge. For other places with the same name, see Southwark (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... The Elephant and Castle, commonly shortened to the Elephant, is a major road intersection in inner south London, and is also used as a name for the surrounding district. ... Kennington Park Road is a main road in south London, England, and is part of the A3 trunk road. ... The A3 is a trunk road in Southern England, connecting London to Portsmouth. ... Kennington is an area of south London, situated within the London Borough of Lambeth. ... Kennington Lane is an A-road in south London, England. ... Vauxhall bridge looking downstream from the north bank. ...


In previous centuries, Newington was a village that lay about a mile to the southwest of the original London Bridge in the county of Surrey, across St George's Fields from the Bankside. Newington is a place in the London Borough of Southwark. ... For other uses, see London Bridge (disambiguation). ... This article is about the English county. ... Obelisk at St Georges Circus St Georges Fields was an area of Southwark in South London. ... Bankside is an area in Southwark, London, on the southern bank of the River Thames. ...


History and theatre

The area was the site of an archery practice field, with mounds of earth used for the targets. This was known as an "archery butts" — hence the name. For a time, it was compulsory for all yeoman in England to learn archery. ("Butt" was the term for an archery target; consider "Here is my journey's end, here is my butt" in Othello, V,ii,267.) Archery is the practice of using a bow to shoot arrows. ... An archery butts is an archery practice field, with mounds of earth used for the targets. ... Yeoman is a word with several modern and historical meanings. ... For other uses, see Othello (disambiguation). ...


A little-known theatre called the Newington Butts Theatre was used from around 1580 in William Shakespeare's time, located there partly to avoid the regulations of the city of London to the north. The theatre was in the form of an amphitheatre. Lord Strange's Men acted there in 1592. In the first half of June 1594, both the Admiral's Men the Lord Chamberlain's Men gave performances at Newington Butts, including the earliest recorded performances of the Ur-Hamlet (June 11) and The Taming of the Shrew (June 13),[1] and early performances of Titus Andronicus as well. Events March 1 - Michel de Montaigne signs the preface to his most significant work, Essays. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Colosseum in Rome, Italy. ... Lord Stranges Men was an Elizabethan playing company, comprising retainers of the household of Ferdinando Stanley, Lord Strange. ... Year 1592 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ... Events February 27 - Henry IV is crowned King of France at Rheims. ... This Elizabethan theatrical company was first known as the Lord Howards Men, named after their patron Charles Howard. ... The Lord Chamberlains Men was the playing company that William Shakespeare worked for as actor and playwright for most of his career. ... Ur-Hamlet was the name given by nineteenth century German scholars to a pre-Shakespearean Hamlet written before 1589. ... Taming of the Shrew by Augustus Egg The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ... Title page of the first quarto edition (1594) The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeares earliest tragedy. ...


The theatre fell into disuse, perhaps as early as 1599; but subsequently the area became a theatre district again.


Much later, the leading scientist Michael Faraday was born at Newington Butts in 1791. Michael Faraday, FRS (September 22, 1791 – August 25, 1867) was an English chemist and physicist (or natural philosopher, in the terminology of that time) who contributed significantly to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. ... 1791 (MDCCXCI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 11-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


In Cockney rhyming slang 'Newington Butts' means 'guts', for instance 'I hate your Newington Butts'. For a classic example in recorded music listen to the song 'Blackmail Man' by Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Cockney rhyming slang is a form of English slang which originated in the East End of London. ... Guts has a number of meanings, both as a single word and as an acronym: In medicine or physiology, guts is a common term for the gastrointestinal tract. ... Ian Dury (May 12, 1942 - March 27, 2000) was a rock and roll singer, songwriter, and bandleader. ...


Notes

  1. ^ This was most likely Shakespeare's play, though a performance of the alternative version, The Taming of A Shrew, is not impossible; Halliday, p. 483.

References

  • Chambers, E.K. The Elizabethan Stage. 4 Volumes, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1923.
  • Halliday, F. E. A Shakespeare Companion 1564–1964. Baltimore, Penguin, 1964.

Sir Edmund Kerchever Chambers (1866–1954) was an English literary critic and Shakespearean scholar. ...

See also

Newington is a place in the London Borough of Southwark. ... Newington Causeway is a road in Southwark, London SE1, between the Elephant and Castle and Borough High Street. ...

External links

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The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ...

References

Coordinates: 51.49189° N 0.10292° W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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