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Old 07-05-2014, 04:55 PM   #129
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Berkeley Square is a town square in the West End of London, in the City of Westminster.. It was originally laid out in the mid 18th century by architect William Kent.. The square is named after the noble Gloucestershire family of the same name whose London home, Berkeley House, had stood nearby until 1733, and had served as their London residence when they were away from their ancestral Gloucestershire home Berkeley Castle..The square features a sculptural fountain by Alexander Munro, a Pre-Raphaelite sculptor, made in 1865..The surrounding London Plane trees are among the oldest in central London, planted in 1789. Gunter's Tea Shop, founded under a different name in 1757, is also located here..In the Victorian era at least 2 deaths were said to have occurred after people spent the night in the room..However, the first ghostly happenings were reported by George Canning, who claimed to have heard strange noises and have experienced psychic phenomena whilst living there..Robert Clive of India — bought no. 45 in 1761 and committed suicide there in 1774...Sarah Child Villiers, Countess of Jersey (Lady Jersey), one of the famous patronesses of Almack's and leaders of the ton during the Regency era; heiress to the Child & Co. banking fortune — resides at no. 38..Winston Churchill lived at no. 48 as a child..

John Byng (1741), Vice-Admiral, Royal Navy. Byng's home was decorated by architect Isaac Ware was born to a life of poverty, living as a street urchin and working as a chimney sweep, until he was adopted by Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington at the age of 8 (in about 1812) after which he was groomed and educated as a young nobleman..Platanus × acerifolia, London plane, London planetree, or hybrid plane, is a tree in the genus Platanus..The tree is fairly wind-resistant. However, it has a number of problems in urban use, most notably the short, stiff hairs shed by the young leaves and the dispersing seeds; these are an irritant if breathed in, and can exacerbate breathing difficulties for people with asthma.. The large leaves can create a disposal problem in cities.. These leaves are tough and sometimes can take more than one year to break down if they remain whole..I heard that you shouldn't cut london plane when it has leaf on as it causes cancer as car fumes can lay on the bark and become concentrated so cutting and chipping can be poisonous..They are often known in English as planes or plane trees. Some North American species are called sycamores (especially Platanus occidentalis), although that term also refers to either the fig Ficus sycomorus, the plant originally so named, or the Great, or Sycamore Maple, Acer pseudoplatanus..The legendary Dry tree first recorded by Marco Polo was possibly a platanus. According to the legend, it marked the site of the battle between Alexander the Great and Darius III...

The buildings around the square include several by other notable architects including Robert Adam, who designed Lansdowne House (since 1935 home of the Lansdowne Club) in the southwest corner of the square on Fitzmaurice Place..50 Berkeley Square is the most infamous allegedly "haunted house" in London. The house is currently occupied by Maggs Brothers Antiquarian Booksellers..Maggs Bros. Ltd. have been antiquarian booksellers by appointment to H.M. King George V, H.R.H. The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), H.M. King Alfonso XIII of Spain, H.M. King Manuel II of Portugal, and are currently favoured with the Royal Warrant to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II..Maggs have regularly set book price records; in 1947 they bought a second Gutenberg Bible - the Dyson Perrins copy - for £22,000, on behalf of Sir Philip Frere, and a few years later resold it to Mrs. Doheny of California, this latter copy now the only one in Japan...

In 1916 Maggs Bros bought the penis of Napoleon Bonaparte from the descendants of Abbé Ange Paul Vignali, who had given the last rites and surreptitiously cut off the member in question. Vignali apparently brought it to Corsica, and died in a vendetta in 1828. He passed on the memento to his sister, who at her death passed it on to her son. In 1924, the desiccated item was sold to a Dr. A. S. Rosenbach, who mounted it in a case of blue morocco and velvet. In 1927, it was exhibited at the Museum of French Art..Maggs Brothers pulled off the greatest bookselling coup of the inter-war period, when in 1932 they successfully negotiated with the government of Soviet Russia to acquire not only a Gutenberg Bible, but also the celebrated Codex Sinaiticus..(Greek: Σιναϊτικός Κώδικας, Hebrew: קודקס סינאיטיקוס‎; Shelfmarks and references: London, Brit. Libr., Additional Manuscripts 43725; Gregory-Aland nº א [Aleph] or 01, [Soden δ 2]) or "Sinai Bible" is one of the 4 great uncial codices, an ancient, handwritten copy of the Greek Bible..The codex is a celebrated historical treasure..Originally, the Codex contained the whole of both Testaments. Approximately half of the Greek Old Testament (or Septuagint) survived, along with a complete New Testament, plus the Epistle of Barnabas, and portions of The Shepherd of Hermasis a Christian literary work of the 2nd century, considered a valuable book by many Christians, and considered canonical scripture by some of the early Church fathers such as Irenaeus..The Shepherd had great authority in the 2nd and 3rd centuries..The shepherd is one of the meanings that was probably attached to some figurines of the Good Shepherd,a symbol for Christ, or a traditional pagan kriophoros (Greek: κριοφόρος) or criophorus, the "ram-bearer," is a figure that commemorates the solemn sacrifice of a ram..In Messenia, at the sacred grove of Karnasus, Pausanias noted that Apollon Karneios and Hermes Kriophoros had a joint cult, the ram-bearers (kriophoroi) joining in male initiation rites.. and came to rest against a sycamore tree after failing to negotiate a small humpback bridge near Gipsy Lane on Queens Ride, Barnes, southwest London.. He also owned a number of vehicles, including a famed white, 1960s Rolls-Royce that was loaned by his management to the band Hawkwind ... the darkness of future past the Magician Penn longs to see.. One chants out between 2 Worlds..I smoke every once and a while.. Helps relieve tension Teller..Where we're from, the birds sing a pretty song... and there's always music in the Air..I understand we're both staYing at the Great Northern...

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