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TOUR OF THE MONTH

The Great London Ghost Tour
The Great London Ghost Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th October 2003 Singer Amy Winehouses's debut album Frank released.

20th October 1968 Comedian Bud Flanagan died in Kingston, London, aged 72.go to related location

20th October 1953 Actor Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising in a public lavatory.

20th October 1904 Born today: Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)

20th October 1862 Murderer Catherine Wilson hanged at Newgate Gaol, the last woman hanged in public in Britain.go to related location

20th October 1822 1st edition of London Sunday Times

20th October 1714 The Coronation of George I in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

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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