An American author has published a book of children's stories including a tale inspired by Elephant & Castle tube station.
New York-based Keith Hayes raised more than $5,000 on crowdfunding website Kickstarter to enable him to self-publish In Mr Handsome's Garden, a collection of whimsical stories for children intended to provide gentle lessons about hopes and dreams and doing one's best.
One of the short stories is titled Elephant & Castle and is illustrated by Catherine Griffiths' depiction of a castle with an elephant shield above the door.
"I was fortunate during university to spend a semester at Wroxton College, near Banbury," said Keith Hayes.
"I spent a lot of time that year travelling in the UK and lots of time exploring London via the Underground.
"I visited Elephant & Castle specifically because the name of the tube stop intrigued me so much and – like my character Mr Handsome – I've never stopped wondering about the derivation of the name.
"Since Mr Handsome is such an imaginative fellow, it seemed natural that Elephant & Castle should be one of the places he speculated about as a storyteller for children."
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