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St. Peter ad Vincula is of course the name of the royal chapel on Tower
Green where

The remains of prominent personages who where publicly executed there,

are interred. http://www.camelotintl.com/tower_site/tower/chapel.html.

Along with other English parishes of that name, "Peter ad Vincula" is
believed

to have given rise to another literary place of fame in Thomas Hardy's The

Mayor of Casterbridge. A pub known as "Peter's Finger," the site of an 

important conspiracy in the novel, is probably a corruption of " Peter ad
Vincula"

corresponding to a site in Lytchett Minster (
http://www.victorianweb.org/photos/hardy/28.html.)

Hardy was very interested in the prehistoric and medieval roots of settings
in

his novels generally. Cf also James K.Robinson, ed. The Mayor of
Casterbridge

Norton Critical Edition 1977 p. 194.
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