"Ah a site with a history of gruesome goings on…. One evening, in the December of 1897, an actor, William Terriss was entering the stage door of the Adelphi Theatre. Unbeknownst to him, round the corner stood Richard Archer Prince, a fellow actor who was jealous of Terriss’ success… so jealous, he stabbed Terriss to death. Prince fled to James’ street, where he was caught. However, that was not the last the crowds saw Terriss perform - sightings of his ghost around Covent Garden station remain to this day…"
Looking out from the station, turn right onto Long Acre then immediately left and walk down Neal Street till you get to the crown and anchor pub. As you reach the pub, you find a note on the ground - at the top of the page is a letter S. The note reads: 'Ah I’ll never forget this first murder of this lazy oaf I found around here all those years ago.. I hid his body under a pub that was just about to be built, his skeleton remains right under the bar… but can you think what year that was?'
HintYou will need to search the outside of the pub for the correct date
Did you know?
Covent Garden was once the bustling centre of an Anglo-Saxon trading town.
Established about a mile to the west of Londinium—the old Roman settlement now known as the City of London or “the Square Mile”—was a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon trading town called Lundenwic, centered around the area that is now Covent Garden.
Described by the English monk, Bede the Venerable, in the 8th century as “a trading centre for many nations who visit it by land and sea”, the Old English term -wic derived from the Latin word vicus for “trading town”—so Lundenwic meant “London trading town”.
During Viking invasions in the 9th century, the Danish “Great Heathen Army” sacked Londinium and held it until 886 when Alfred the Great, “King of the Anglo-Saxons”, recaptured it and repaired the Roman walls.
As trading shifted to Londinium once more, Lundenwic was abandoned and became a wasteland.
A trading centre for many nations who visit it by land and sea
Lundenwic became known as Ealdwic, meaning “old trading town”.
Recent excavations in Covent Garden have revealed that the early Anglo-Saxon settlement once stretched from where the National Gallery is now to the area called Aldwych—some 150 acres.
Excellent. Well done team... a good start. You know the next murder committed wasn't far away.
You know you need to get to 7 dials, you don't stay on Neal Street for Long, turning right out of the front doors of the pub you look for Earlham road, and keep walking until you get to the Cambridge theatre.
You search the area diligently, and can just make out some writing carved into the walls outside of the theatre, with the letter P on top this time : 'Ah I remember this one. The actor, William. An awfully arrogant man. As was the gentleman who killed him. You see, it was all too easy. Of course the other actor wanted to kill him, but it was me who made him do it… Some say it was Terris’ fault for uttering the name of a play he shouldn’t have…'
What three letters sit beside the Cambridge Theatre?
HintLook to the top left hand corner of the door. You will spot one of the three blind...?
Did you know?
Covent Garden derives its name from the French word couvent meaning Convent
“Covent Garden” is essentially a corruption of “Convent Garden” using the French couvent derivation as opposed to the Latin conventus. Couvent means a religious building such as a nunnery or monastery.
By the 13th century, most of the present Covent Garden area was land belonging to Westminster Abbey which included a walled vegetable garden tended by the monks.
Did you know?
Covent Garden was the first piazza in London.
Influenced by the grand piazza’s of Europe, Covent Garden’s piazza was originally bounded by “portico houses” on its north and east sides with continuous arcades running underneath, creating a passageway reminiscent of the Place des Vosges in Paris.
Known as the Great Piazza and the Little Piazza respectively, the houses sold quickly to aristocrats and court society.
Did you know?
Covent Garden has run a market since 1656.
Setting up stalls against the garden wall of Bedford House, the early market traders served mostly wealthy tenants.
Wooden rails were erected around the piazza and traders with baskets, trestles and carts congregated on the south side outside the rails.
After the Great Fire of London in 1666, scores of Londoners left the City and descended on Covent Garden.
Dozens of traders hawking fruit and vegetables became an established feature of Covent Garden.
Granted a Royal Charter in 1670, the Earl of Bedford sought to regulate the market’s spread.
And in 1830, his descendant John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford, commissioned English architect Charles Fowler to build a neo-classical market building that remains at the heart of Covent Garden today.
Did you know?
Covent Garden was an 18th-century red-light district
Published from 1757 to 1795, Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies was an annual directory of prostitutes working in and around Covent Garden.
In lurid detail, the pocketbook described the physical appearance of the Covent Garden Ladies and their sexual specialties.
Miss B of Old Compton is described as:
a mistress of every Manoeuvre in the amorous contest that can enhance the coming pleasure. In bed she is all the heart can wish, or eye admire, every limb is symmetry, every action under cover truly amorous; her price is two pounds two.
Miss R from Rathbone Place:
pleasing, though fond, and can make wantonness delightful; every part assists to bring on the momentary delirium, and then each part combines to raise up the fallen member, to contribute again to repeated rapture; her price is commonly two guineas.
Connections in high places had their advantages.
Famed prostitute Betsy Cox was refused entry to a gathering of polite society at the newly opened Pantheon assembly rooms.
But the Duke of Fife came to her aid, drawing his sword to enforce her entry.
Page nineWalk to Monmouth street entrance then walk down - You find the 6th letter, on it is a big ’G’: Once upon a time, this place was full of the wealthy - bankers, landlords, businessmen. Some of them wanted to be so successful, three even tried to make deals with me. I had great joy in bringing them down to my domain… There are 11 crosses on the odd side of this road, all indicators of where I killed these parasites. I took great pleasure in bringing three of them down with me, the locations of which I indicated by changing the cross slightly… what's different about these crosses?
Did you know?
Both the Royal Opera House and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane are said to be haunted
During construction work in 1999, workers were struck by flying debris.
Bits of brick and metal would be flung at them throughout the day.
Since security was so tight, it was thought almost impossible to be someone who walked in from the street.
Could the work have awoken the resident poltergeist?
Paranormal expert Tom Ogden calls the Theatre Royal one of the world’s most haunted theatres.
Frequenting the theatre, the appearance of any one of its ghosts is said to signal good luck for the actors or production.
According to legend, a famous ghost called the “Man in Grey” was an 18th-century nobleman who was stabbed to death in the theatre, his skeletal remains having been found in a walled-up passage in 1848.
He wears a cape, a tricorne hat, riding boots, and a sword and is often seen in the upper circle moving along the rear gangway near the royal box where the remains were discovered.
Page twelveAs you read the name out loud....two notes fall from the top of the monument...but from where you ask yourself. One is covered by a special seal which won’t open. You manage to wrench the other open and read it out loud
"You’ve found my messages, now come face to face with me. What letter did I miss from the top of this note?"
HintYou should have found 6 letters in total 'V, P, G, G, L, S' - what is the 7th deadly and sinful letter?...
Page thirteenSuddenly, the seal from the locked one melts away, and a huge form, growing larger and larger exits form the seal: The Devil himself.
'Finally, you made it. Yes, it is me, Beelzebub. I’ve been coming back to 7 dials since 1773, the original sundial was torn down by an angry mob. The terror and anger in the air made it the perfect place for me to come and wreak havoc. The streets have always attracted the wicked, and I simply love having my fun with them. But alas, you clever individuals have tracked me down. One thing I value most is a crafty person, one who can think as creatively and cunningly as me. For that reason, I will give you one chance to save your life...otherwise these streets will be covered with your blood.
"It took me 200 years to kill 100 people,
and there is no stopping me from killing 900 more.
However, I plan to kill people at twice the speed as before.
How long will it be until I reach my 666th kill."
HintThe Green plaque can be found on the side of the Church of St. Helen Stonegate
Did you know?Covent Garden is the birthplace of the sandwich. John Montagu, otherwise known as the Earl of Sandwich, first ordered a slab of meat between two pieces of bread in 1762, at a society club called the Beef Steak Club at the Shakespeare’s Head Pub, thereby inventing Britain’s most popular lunchtime meal. The sandwich was invented out of necessity to keep the Earl’s fingers and playing cards clean from grease while he was gambling.