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Mary K has posted 964 annotations/comments since 9 March 2007.

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About Sunday 9 February 1661/62

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Yes, £20 is a lot of money, but perhaps the new clothes included a piece of lace which could later be used to accessorise other garments. Lace was decidedly a luxury item (and remained so well into the 19th century) but over a lifetime women could acquire a selection of pieces of lace that would be carefully washed and cared-for, adorning different garments at different times.

About A new design

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Great work, Phil - clear and eye-catching. Yet another improvement to our favourite site.

About Monday 23 December 1661

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"he being to go out of town for all Christmas"

This presumably means for the whole 12 days from Christmas Day itself to 6th January.

About Friday 21 November 1662

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Spitting sheet.

This makes sense and fits well with Sam's reference to "having first put up a spitting sheet".

"fabric attached to the wall behind a spittoon to protect valuable hangings or pictures from splashback."

Judith Flanders: "The Making of Home."
Atlantic books. 2014.
ISBN 9781848877986

About Sunday 25 August 1661

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Two Pepys women are thus failing to buckle, one to Samuel's entire satisfaction and the other definitely not.

About The Savoy

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The Savoy chapel is one of a distinctive group.

The Royal Peculiars and Chapels Royal

Many of England's Royal Peculiars and Chapels Royal are located within the Diocese of London.

These churches and chapels have a 'peculiar jurisdiction' and are usually located on land connected with a royal castle or palace. They are independent of the Church of England's structures and owe allegiance directly to the Sovereign.

The Chapels Royal have their origin in a single establishment known as the Chapel Royal, effectively the King's Royal Free Chapel or Ecclesiastical Household, which followed the Court wherever it went. One of its locations was at the present Chapel Royal in the royal residence of St James's Palace, begun in 1531, and the main choral centre has been there since Queen Anne moved the Court to St James's from Whitehall Palace.

The Bishop of London is Dean of the Chapels Royal.

Chapels Royal

Westminster Abbey
Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace
Chapel Royal of St Peter-ad-Vincula
The Chapel Royal of St John the Evangelist
The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace
The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine
Extra Diocesan Churches

Temple Church
Chapel of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea

About St Thomas's Hospital

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Richard Whittington.

That's "turn again" Dick Whittington, I presume; he of the cat and bells, who became Lord Mayor of London

About Friday 17 May 1661

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I'm afraid that the combination of a bagpiper with a 17th century version of Ronnie Ronalde would have put me right off my lunch.

About Tuesday 30 April 1661

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Google maps will show you. Just enter Newington Butts and look both north and south from there.