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SHATTOCK, Clement Edward (1887 - 1969), retired; formerly Consulting Surgeon Royal Free Hospital, Royal Marsden Hosp. and Paddington Green Children’s Hosp

SUTHERLAND, George Alexander (died 1939), Consulting Physician to Hampstead and London NW Hospital, and to Paddington Green Children’s Hospital

MILLER, Reginald Henry (died 1948), Consulting Physician, St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, W2; Consulting Physician, Paddington Green Children’s Hospital, W2

BURGHARD, Frédéric François (1864 - 1947), Fellow of King’s College, London; Colonel, RAMC (TF) (retired); Consulting Surgeon, King’s College Hospital and the Children’s Hospital, Paddington Green

GREEN, Leonard Henry (1885 - 1966), Chairman, Save the Children Fund, 1947–56; Chairman, Yugoslav Society of Great Britain, 1937–56

HARMER, Michael Hedley (1912 - 1998), Consulting Surgeon, Royal Marsden Hospital and Paddington Green Children's Hospital (St Mary's Hospital)

AYNSLEY-GREEN, Albert (born 1943), Founder and Director, Aynsley-Green Consulting, since 2010; Children’s Commissioner for England, 2005–10; Nuffield Professor of Child Health, Institute of Child Health, University College London, 1993–2005, now Emeritus; President, British Medical Association, 2015–June 2016

LEEDHAM-GREEN, Charles (died 1931), Consulting Surgeon to the Queen’s Hospital and to the Children’s Hospital, Birmingham; Consulting Surgeon to Redditch and Tamworth Hospitals; late Professor of Surgery, University of Birmingham

BRYAN, Charles Walter Gordon (1883 - 1954), Hon. Lieut-Col RAMC; Consulting Surgeon: St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington Green Children’s Hospital, St Luke’s Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital; Fellow of Assoc. of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

GUTHRIE, Leonard George (1858 - 1918), Senior Physician Children’s Hospital, Paddington Green; Physician Hospital for Epilepsy and Paralysis, Maida Vale, W; Consulting Physician Home of Rest for the Dying, Clapham, and Potters Bar Cottage Hospital

TOD, Hunter F. (died 1923), Senior Surgeon, the Ear, Nose and Throat Department, London Hospital; Lecturer in Aural Surgery at London Hospital Medical College; late Surgeon, Throat and Ear Department, Paddington Green Children’s Hospital

MURPHY, James Keogh (1869 - 1916), consulting surgeon; Surgeon to the Miller General Hospital for South East London; Surgeon to Paddington Green Children’s Hospital; General Medical Editor to the Oxford University Press and Hodder & Stoughton

TAY, Waren (died 1927), late Consulting Surgeon, Queen’s Hospital for Children, Hackney Road, Bethnal Green; also London Hospital, Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital, and Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, Blackfriars

 
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According to two medieval chroniclers, Ralph of Coggeshall and William of Newburgh, two children were found near a pit at Woolpit (Suffolk) in the reign of King Stephen; their skin was greenish, nobody could understand their speech, and the only food they would eat was beans. One, a boy, soon died; the other, a girl, was healthier and learned to eat other food, thus losing her green colouring. She became a servant in a knight's household. Having learnt normal speech, she explained that she and her brother came from an underground world where the sun never shone and everyone was green. She was baptized, but ‘was rather loose and wanton in her conduct’. Ralph, a local man, heard the story directly from her employer; William, living in Yorkshire, probably got his information from Ralph, though he gives further details, for example that the children's world was called ‘St Martin's Land’, and its inhabitants were Christian.

Nowadays, many local people have come to associate this medieval tale with the much later story of the Babes in the Wood, and a village sign was erected in 1977, showing the Babes. Some writers take it to be fairy lore (Briggs, 1976: 200–1).


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