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 Newgate Fringe.Newland. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Newgate Knocker (A).
A lock of hair twisted into a curl, usually worn by costermongers and other persons of similar stations in life. So called because it resembles a knocker, and the wearers of it are too often inmates of Newgate. Newgate as a prison is abolished, but many phrases referring to the prison still remain.   1

 Newgate Fringe.Newland. 


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