Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
william wright has posted 15 annotations/comments since 16 February 2013.
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About Saturday 31 August 1661
"to take the gilt off the gingerbread"
In the boat building world that I inhabit, taking the gilt of the gingerbread comes fromdocking large ships. Masters would show their seamanship and boat handling skills whilst docking. Get this manouver wrong and hit the dock or mostly another shipsrigging that you were laying up against was considered bad seamanship.Resulting in "Taking the gilt off the gingerbread."
About Sunday 21 April 1661
"Doing a Foreigner" Being in the building trade for over 55 years I have heard the phrase,but not often. We use the phrase "doing a homer" this means using someone from thetrade that you want to employ who works for someone else. These people will work foryou at a reduced rate therefore taking trade away from the guvnor. If caught it usually meant the sack.
About Friday 15 March 1660/61
Re Baltic tar. I restore old wooden boats alongside another old boat builder and we still use "Stockholm Tar" on certain joints for and aft. This tar allow the boat to take a bit of a hit when say tying up and do not leak as it stays flexible. A lot of tar was also sourced from America for use on our navy ships, and most of it came from Carolina, hence the name of Tar Heels for people from that part of the world.
About Thursday 28 February 1660/61
From The Oxford Companion To Ships at Sea.It states that thin Lead Sheathing was also used on English ships in the 1600s.
About Saturday 23 February 1660/61
RE HANSA.My home town of King's Lynn mentioned by SP a short while ago has the onlyremaining Hansa building in the whole of the UK. It stands on the South quayon the river Gt Ouse.
About Monday 18 February 1660/61
My mother was a tweeny at Lord Kitchener's gaff early 20th century and herwages were £10 per annum. Six and a half day week, and had to buy twouniforms out of that. Things had not moved very far in 300 years.
About Thursday 31 January 1660/61
I work as a volunteer in the maritime museum which is on the footprint of the old fort overlooking the dock in King's Lynn. I have always known of the ship and its cargo but never been able to find any records of it. Bishop's Lynn before it was King's Lynn.
About Monday 8 October 1660
Wonderful examples of Gilded Leather wall coverings can be seen in Oxborough Hall Norfolk.
About Thursday 5 July 1660
"spent" normally means the animal, fish, or whatever has spawned. Maybe itmeant that they had been culled after the rut.
About Wednesday 27 June 1660
I'm with Gillian Bagwell on "Ill dressed". Shabby run down premises or "tired" as we say, but good food. Been in several places like that myself.