Definition of St Ives from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


St Ives

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a town on the coast of Cornwall in south-west England. It is popular with tourists, and several well-known artists have lived there, including Bernard Leach (1887-1979), Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Patrick Heron (1920-99). A branch of Tate Britain opened in St Ives in 1993. The town is also mentioned in a traditional nursery rhyme which contains a riddle to which the answer is one, since the man and his wives, etc. were going the other way:
As I was going to St Ives,I met a man with seven wives.Each wife had seven sacks,Each sack had seven cats,Each cat had seven kits;Kits, cats, sacks and wives,How many were going to Saint Ives?

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