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 Blenheim House (Oxfordshire).Bless. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Blenheim Steps.
 
Once noted for an anatomical school, over which Sir Astley Cooper presided. Here “resurrectionists” were sure to find a ready mart for their gruesome wares, for which they received sums of money varying from £3 to £10, and sometimes more. Such phrases “going to Blenheim Steps,” meant going to be dissected, or unearthed from one’s grave.   1
       
“The body-snatchers, they have come,
And made a snatch at me;
’Tis very hard them kind of men
Won’t let a body be.
The cock it crows—I must be gone—
My William, we must part;
But I’ll be yours in death although
Sir Astley has my heart.”
       
Hood: Mary’s Ghost.
 


 Blenheim House (Oxfordshire).Bless. 

 
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