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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

25th April 1956 Noel Coward's musical South Sea Bubble, premieres in London

25th April 1946 Christopher Fry's Phoenix too Frequent, premieres in London

25th April 1944 Strictly star Len Goodman was born in Bethnal Green.go to related location

25th April 1896 Sidney Jones and Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London

25th April 1660 London Convention Parliament begins

The Devil and the Lady



The Devil and the Lady

Named after Lady Elizabeth Hatton and some devil dancing

Location: Bleeding Heart Yard, off Greville Street, EC1N 8SJ

Description: Bleeding Heart Yard is a cobbled courtyard off Greville Street in the Farringdon area of Holborn.

Urban legend has it that the courtyard's name commemorates the murder of Lady Elizabeth Hatton, second wife of Sir William Hatton, whose family used to own the area. It is said that her body was found here on 27 January 1626, torn limb from limb, but with her heart still pumping blood.

She was it says seen dancing with a mysterious stranger, said to be the devil!

However, Trey Philpotts of the University of Delaware writes that the courtyard is, in fact, named after a sign dating back to the Reformation that was displayed on a pub called the Bleeding Heart in nearby Charles Street. The sign showed the heart of the Virgin Mary pierced by five swords.

Either way it's one hell of a tale and deserves a visit if nothing else.

A gate at the south of the yard leads to Ely Place.

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The Devil and the Lady

Named after Lady Elizabeth Hatton and some devil dancing


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