In Reply to: As black as a Nugent's knocker posted by Mike on February 16, 2009 at 14:19:
: Thanks for an interesting and informative site.
: I just wondered if you were aware of the variation of the prhrase "As black as a Newgate's knocker" - "As black as a Nugent's knocker".
: I originally Googled the latter and got only a few hits. But I have certainly heard the phrase used.
A Newgate knocker is the fringe or lock of hair
which costermongers and thieves twist back towards the ear. 1880's
Refers to the heavy iron knocker on the gate of Newgate Prison, London later 1900's
"Black as newgate" early 1800's
Slang: A Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit, Or Bon-ton ...ý - Page 124
by John Badcock - English language - 1823 - 216 pages
As black as Newgate,' is said of a street lady's lowering countenance, or of her
muslin-dress, when either is changed from the natural serene. ...