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From: "rita a gerrard" <>
Subject: going for a jimmy and the jerry pot under the bed
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2002 08:26:51 +0100
Colleen asked <Do other English/origin listers use Jerry or Jimmy?> and
Mary Pendlebury asked <Wasn't a Jerry kept under the bed for emergency use!>
My dear departed, being a 'real' Cockney, born Stepney when the bells were
ringing, used the expression 'just going for a jimmy'. This expression, as
far as I know, was never used by the fairer sex. <bg>, and me being an end
of war baby, my dad explained to me that the 'Chamber Pot' was re-christened
"Jerry Pot" because its shape, when turned upside down - hopefully empty -
resembled the helmets of the enemy forces, although have no idea if this
started in WW1 or WW2.
Just to make this more Essex orientated, I remember dad buying some lovely
chamber pots and the matching wash bowls and water jugs [can't remember the
proper name right now] at Wickford Market many years ago, wish I had them
Hope this is of interest.
Rita A GERRARD
PEASE - lots back to 1700's, [SPARROW and BRADDOCK - Gt Burstead - just
PEASE, EDGHILL, GRIFFIN - Wood Green, WATERS, HARRIS 1 [Hackney] HARRIS 2
[Battersea] PAINTER Marylebone and Islington. RAWSON.
GERRARD, CHILDS, RUSSELL, HOSKINS, MABEY, WHETHAM, EVELEIGH, HEWITT,
LAWRENCE/LARRANCE, and others too numerous to mention.
Wiltshire, Somerset, Hampshire
GERRARD, JERRARD, LAWSON, DUKE, DE LARA
Devon, Gerrard, Jerrard
GERRARD, ASHTON, VALENTINE, RIDING. [FORD - 17th Cent]
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