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Frozen bronze sculpture The Blind Beggar and his dog by Elizabeth Frink, Cranbrook Estate, Bethnal Green, East London. The inspiration of the work was taken from the legend of the Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green, Henry de Montfort, who was wounded and left blind at the battle of Evesham in the wars with France in 1215, rescued by his wife and destined to spend the next 40 years begging around Bethnal Green. Legend has it that his beautiful daughter, Bessy, was courted by a number of suitors, all of whom save one abandoned their suit when her apparently humble origins become known. When finally married to her faithful Knight, her true pedigree was revealed and happiness ensued - Jess Hurd - 2018-03-03
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