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Green children of Woolpit

Boy and girl of unusual skin colour who reportedly appeared in the village of Woolpit in Suffolk, England some time in the 12th century, perhaps during the reign of King Stephen.

Grenville Steam Carriage

Three-wheeled steam carriage, probably completed in about 1890, capable of carrying four passengers plus its crew of two.

Greyfriars Bobby

Skye Terrier who supposedly spent fourteen years guarding the grave of his owner in 19th-century Edinburgh, until his own death on 14 January 1872.

Grindylow

Malignant Yorkshire water spirit said to lurk in stagnant pools, dragging down into the water those children who venture too close.

Gropecunt Lane

Street name found in English towns and cities during the Middle Ages, believed to be a reference to the prostitution centred on those areas; it was normal practice for a medieval street name to reflect the street’s function or the economic activity taking place within it.

Grub Street

Once a London street famous for its low-end publishers and hack writers, Grub Street has become a pejorative term for impoverished writers and works of low literary value.

Grub Street Journal

Weekly satirical newspaper published from 1730 until 1737.

Gruel

Any kind of roasted and crushed cereal moistened by being mixed with water or milk.

Gunpowder Plot

Attempt in 1605 to assassinate King James I and re-establish a Catholic monarchy by blowing up the House of Lords.

Guy Fawkes

Member of the group of English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.