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Dolphin Square – “The Sorcerers” (1967)
The former Dolphin Square Baths, now simply the entrance to Dolphin Square, makes an appearance in the 1967 psychological horror “The Sorcerers” starring Boris Karloff, Ian Ogilvy and Catherine Lacey.
Kensal Green Cemetery – “Theatre of Blood”, “The Awakening” and “Secret Ceremony”
One of the big seven cemeteries, Kensal Green Cemetery offers a gothic backdrop to brutal murder in “Theatre of Blood” (1972), a solemn memorial in “Secret Ceremony” (1968) and the power of a Mummy in “The Awakening” (1980)
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Maiden Lane – a “country dance” from John Playford’s English Dancing Master, 1651.
The dance and its melody is thought to be named after Maiden Lane in Covent Garden, and it is just one of a great number of dances called for London places.
Situated between the Covent Garden Market and the Strand, Maiden Lane was originally a path running from Drury Lane to St Martin’s Lane along the southern edge of the ‘Covent Garden’: that is, the Convent Garden, belonging to the Benedictine monks of Westminster Abbey, and providing produce for their table. The street was first called Maiden Lane in 1636.
A statue of the Virgin stood at the Eastern end of the lane, and this may be the origin of the name Maiden Lane. Another explanation is that it is a corruption of the Middle-English word ‘Midden’.
Famous residents over the centuries include Louis Napoleon, Benjamin Disraeli, Voltaire and the artist J.M.W. Turner. Edward VII and Lily Langtry dined in Maiden Lane and William Terriss, a celebrated actor of his day was murdered here by a crazed understudy in 1897.
Eleanor Cramer: bass viol
Christopher Goodwin: cittern
Peter Kenny: drum
Tamsin Lewis: violin