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Field of the Forty Footsteps


At the back of the British Museum, once called Southampton Fields. The tradition is that two brothers, in the Duke of Monmouth’s rebellion, took different sides and engaged each other in fight. Both were killed, and forty impressions of their feet remained on the field for many years, where no grass would grow. The encounter took place at the extreme north-east of Upper Montague Street. The Misses Porter wrote a novel on the subject, and the Messrs. Mayhew a melodrama.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Field. (Anglo-Saxon, feld.)
Field Marshal
Field Officer
Field Pieces
Field Works
Field of Blood
Field of Ice
Field of Vision or Field of View
Field of the Cloth of Gold
Field of the Forty Footsteps
Fierabras (Sir)
Fifteen decisive Battles (The)
Fifth-Monarchy Men
Fig Sunday
Figged out