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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th September 1924 Born today: Sheila MacRae, London England, actress (Jackie Gleason Show)
24th September 1918 Born today: Richard Hoggart, author/warden (Goldsmith's College London)
24th September 1917 Born today: William Putnam Bundy, London, editor (Lvaggerier and Vagaries)
24th September 1853 Northern Daily Times, 1st provincial daily newspaper, starts in London
24th September 1717 Horace Walpole, art historian and gothic author was born in London.
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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