St. Giles is the patron saint of cripples and beggars, and was
himself a cripple. Churches dedicated to this saint are, therefore, in
the suburbs of large towns, as St. Giles of London, Norwich, Cambridge,
Salisbury, etc. Cripplegate, London, was so called before the Conquest
from the number of cripples who resorted thither to beg. (Stowe.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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