Cordelia Close, SE24

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Named after the character in William Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear. In the play the elderly king offers each of his three daughters a third of his land in return for telling him how much they love him. The eldest two, Goneril and Regan, give deceitfully lavish speeches professing their love, flattering his vanity. But when it came to his youngest daughter Cordelia, who had seen the game that her sisters had been playing, she refuses to indulge him. Lear who had expected Cordelia, his favourite, to care for him in his dotage flies into a rage and banishes her. She runs off with the king of France, who had been courting her. Lear soon realises his mistake as he is left at the hands of his two uncaring children. The road is so-named since it adjoins Shakespeare Street.


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