On The Stones
Can anyone tell me what the phrase On the Stones refers to in this Hearses and Mourning Carriages price list? Size: 127 x 178mm (5 x 7in).
The phrases on the stones and off the stones mean within London and outside London and were in use around 1830-80. The phrases refer to the hardness of London streets.
(Penguin Dictionary of Historical Slang / Eric Partridge, abridged by Jacqueline Simpson : 1972)