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Leicester Square (London)


So called from a family mansion of the Sydneys, Earls of Leicester, which stood on the north-east side.

“The Earl of Leicester, father of Algernon Sidney the patriot … built for himself a stately house at the north-east corner of a square plot of ‘Lammas Land,ʹ belonging to the parish of St. Martin’s which plot henceforth became known to Londoners as Leicester Fields. A square gradually grew up on the spot, and was completed in 1671.”—Cassell’s Magazine, London Legends, x

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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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Legenda Aurea
Legion of Honour
Legislator or Solon of Parnassus
Leibnitz-ism or Leibnitzian-ism
Leicester (pron. Lester)
Leicester Square (London)
Leigh (Aurora) (pron. Lee)
Leilah [Li-lah]
Lely (Sir Peter)
Leman (Lake)
Lemnian Deed (A)
Lemnian Earth
Lemnian Women (The)
Lemon Soles
Lemster Ore