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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd May 1968 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road.go to related location

23rd May 1951 Peter Ustinov's Love of Four Colonels, premieres in London

23rd May 1933 Born today: Joan Henrietta Collins, London, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch)

23rd May 1890 Born today: Herbert Marshall, London, actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes)

23rd May 1701 William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged at London's Execution Dock.go to related location

The Field of Forty Footsteps



The Field of Forty Footsteps

The site of the bloody duel between two brothers over a girl.

Location: Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London

Description: The area of land that existed here before the square was built upon it was named the Field of Forty Footsteps after a legendary duel that took place here.

Two brothers fought and killed each other here over for the love of a girl, who watched passively from the bank of a pond nearby. Their lengthy exertions back and forth over soft ground was visible for many years to come, probably due to a dry spell! Legend has it that each step they took during battle killed the grass, and it never grew back.

The only building here at the time was was Montague House (now part of the British Museum). This area was then known as Long Fields and then Southampton Fields.

According to T F Thiselton Dyer (Strange Pages from Family Papers), the footprints were located 'about three-quarters of a mile north of Montague House and five hundred yards east of Tottenham Court Road'. More recent researchers identify the area as that where Torrington Square is now.


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The Field of Forty Footsteps

The site of the bloody duel between two brothers over a girl.


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