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What's the origin of the phrase 'Sexton Blake'?

Sexton BlakeThis is Cockney rhyming slang - the rhyme being with 'fake'. Londoners might refer to something of dubious origins as a sexton.

Sexton Blake is a fictional detective who first appeared in the The Missing Millionaire, written by Harry Blyth (a.k.a. Hal Meredeth), in The Halfpenny Marvel #6, December 1893. The character has since appeared in thousands of stories, by many different authors.