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Duelling Ground

The Duelling Ground

The heyday of the duel was the 18th and early 19th centuries. During the reign of George III, for example, over 172 duels were recorded, accounting for 69 deaths and 96 seriously wounded.

Duels were by this period governed by a set of informal rules: the so-called Irish code of 1777 that set out a table of 26 insults that any self respecting gentleman should not allow to pass and which outlined the responsibilities of the second.

The Duelling Ground is one of the London sights famous for duels in the 18th and early 19th Centuries - it is exactly 40 paces wide!

The field is situated within South Wood, at the back of Kenwood's Wood Pond.

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