Milo Road, SE22

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Thought to be named after Milo of Croton a 6thCentury BC superstar wrestler, who was six-time Olympic victor and enjoyed a brilliant sporting career in ancient Greece. Among his many feats he is said to have carried a bull on his shoulders, and to have burst a band about his brow by simply inflating the veins of his temples. His death was equally dramatic, according to legend, he was attempting to tear a tree apart when his hands became trapped in a crevice in its trunk, and a pack of wolves surprised and devoured him. In life, stories abounded of his remarkable appetite with a daily diet consisting of 9 kg (20 lbs) of meat, 9 kg (20 lbs) of bread, and 10 litres (18 pt) of wine. This road connects Beauval Road with Lordship Lane. It was named in 1894, no doubt as a reference to the nearby athletics track of Alleyn’s School.

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