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.

Tours: London

Themes: CrimeCrime Theme  HistoricalHistorical Theme  GhostGhost Theme
The Devil and the Lady

Named after Lady Elizabeth Hatton and some devil dancing

Ranking This Month: 1060/2981

Pages Hit This Month: 22


Your Comments:

Name:
Email:
Your email will ONLY be used once, to confirm the publication of your comments. We value your contribution and privacy.

Anti-spam Security: Please enter this code: CAPTCHA


Other places nearby:


Solicitor's Armed Siege», 3.2km

Brinks Mat Bullion», 2.8km

Home of Russian spy Kim Philby», 3.6km

Bomb Plotters Flat», 6.0km

Bouncers bounce back at KFC», 2.1km

Barry George's Flat», 5.2km

Moll King's Houses of Ill Repute», 2.9km

Notting Hill Race Riots», 4.7km

Poor Lazarus Isaacs», 0.9km

How to Arrest a Whole Pub», 0.9km

Location Pinpointed: