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Samuel Pepys
Elizabeth I
London's Underworld
Fleet Marriages.
The Cries of London

Forget six counties overhung with smoke, Forget the snorting steam and piston stroke, Forget the spreading of the hideous town; Think rather of the pack-horse on the down, And dream of London, small and white and clean, The Clear Thames bordered by its gardens green.

-- William Morris 1868

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The Belle Sauvage
Posted by Anthony Waldstock on (1270 Reads)
The Belle Sauvage is one of the best remembered of London's Coaching Inns. It stood on the south side of the moat around the Fleet Prison and opened onto the north side of Ludgate Hill at number 37. It was at various times in its career an Inn, a Playhouse, Hotel, Coffee House and Coaching Inn. It survived until the railway viaduct between Holborn and Blackfriars was constructed in 1873.

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The Boar's Head
Posted by Anthony Waldstock on (796 Reads)
London was always a town of Inns and taverns. They were in many respects the focal point of the male social round in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Playwrights and poets, in particular, used them to discuss their art and make contact with their audiences. For the ordinary man, they were the place for his "morning draught", dinner and supper. Indeed, Samuel Pepys seems, at times, never to be out of one. The coffee Houses which came later in the 18th century were places for news and business and the birth place of the insurance industry. One of the most famous of London's Taverns was the Boar's Head in Eastcheap which dated from at least 1537.

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