Tuesday 9 June 1668

(Tuesday).

When come to Oxford, a very sweet place: paid our guide, 1l. 2s. 6d.
barber, 2s. 6d.
book, Stonage,1 4s.
To dinner; and then out with my wife and people, and landlord:
and to him that showed us the schools and library, 10s.
to him that showed us All Souls’ College, and Chichly’s picture, 5s.
So to see Christ Church with my wife, I seeing several others very fine alone, with W. Hewer, before dinner,
and did give the boy that went with me 1s.
Strawberries, 1s. 2d.
Dinner and servants, 1l. 0s. 6d.
After come home from the schools, I out with the landlord to Brazen-nose College; — to the butteries, and in the cellar find the hand of the Child of Hales, … long.
Butler, 2s.
Thence with coach and people to Physic-garden, 1s.
So to Friar Bacon’s study: I up and saw it, and give the man 1s.
Bottle of sack for landlord, 2s.
Oxford mighty fine place; and well seated, and cheap entertainment. At night come to Abingdon, where had been a fair of custard; and met many people and scholars going home; and there did get some pretty good musick,
and sang and danced till supper: 5s.
  1. This must have been either Inigo Jones’s “The most notable Antiquity of Great Britain vulgarly called Stonehenge,” printed in 1655, or “Chorea Gigantum, or the most famous Antiquity of Great Britain, vulgarly called Stones Heng, standing on Salisbury Plain, restor’d to the Danes,” by Walter Charleton, M.D., and published in 1663.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"When come to Oxford, a very sweet place:"

"All Soul's College"
http://www.heatons-of-tisbury.co.uk/loggans/log...

"Christ Church"
http://oxfordprints.com/11240003.gif

"Brazen Nose College"
http://www.heatons-of-tisbury.co.uk/loggans/log...

"Thence with coach and people to Physic Garden"
http://www.bridgemanart.com/image.aspx?key=171678

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"So to Friar Bacon’s study:"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Roger_Bacons_...

James in Illinois   Link to this

"Child of Hales, ... long.
Butler,
Thence"

L&M do not have the ellipsis. Instead:

"child of Hales___Butler___Thence"

Terry Foreman   Link to this

The Wheatley / Gutenberg edition reads
"to the butteries, and in the cellar find the hand of the Child of Hales, . . . long. Butler, 2s."

Methinks Phil's formatting of these odd pages has gradually improved on L&M in showing who is owed what.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Recte "who is paid what."
Phil also (incidentally) avoids violating copyright.

Bryan M   Link to this

Child of Hales - John Middleton

From the Brasenose College web site:
On the way home from London he [Sir Gilbert Ireland] and John Middleton visited the College, and there is a tradition that Middleton left an impression of his hand on a wall in the College. This is supported by an entry in Samuel Pepys' diary for 9th June 1668: 'to Brazen-nose College to the butteries, and in the cellar find the hand of the Child of Hales'. A Fellow of the College, questioned in the 1930s, recalled that until the 1880s there was an outline of a hand on a gilt background on one of the door posts of the cellar door under the south side of Hall.

Mary   Link to this

"paid our guide ... £1-2-6"

L&M suggests that this amount probably covered the cost of horse-hire as well as the fee paid to the guide.

At a time when roads were often in a rough state and sometimes poorly defined, it was common to engage a guide to lead a party by the best way from one town to another when the route was unfamiliar.

PHE   Link to this

It does seem surprising that Sam never got round to writing up his views of Oxford in more detail - a great city, and one with much potential for comparisons with his own Cambridge.

Mary   Link to this

The Child of Hales.

This fellow was alleged to have stood 9 foot 3 inches tall, just 3 inches shorter than Goliath. He was a Lancastrian wrestler who died in 1623.

Mary   Link to this

Abingdon Fair.

This fair was founded (i.e. licensed) in 1290. It was one of several fairs held at Abingdon, lasted for a week and was noted for the custards served there. By the time of Pepys' visit it was a fair aimed at pleasure and amusement rather than a fair for serious agricultural/business trading.

martinb   Link to this

A custard fair sounds like fun. But there has to be a limit to the number of tastings you would want in one afternoon?

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"book, Stonage"

The most notable antiquity of Great Britain, vulgarly called Stone-Heng, on Salisbury Plain, restored, by Inigo Jones ... To which are added, the Chorea gigantum, or Stone-Heng restored to the Danes, by Doctor Charleton; and Mr. Webb’s Vindication of Stone-Heng restored, in answer to Dr. Charleton’s reflections; with observations upon the orders and rules of architecture in use among the ancient Romans. Before the whole are prefixed, certain memoirs relating to the life of Inigo Jones; with his effigies, engrav’d by Hollar; as also Dr. Charleton’s, by P. Lombart; and four new views of Stone-Heng, in its present situation: with above twenty other copper-plates, and a compleat index to the entire collection. http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/DLDecAr...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

The illustrated Stone-Heng book linked above can be read/viewed online.

Michael L   Link to this

If this is the book on Stonehenge published in 1655 under the name of Inigo Jones, then it asserts that Stonehenge temple built by the Romans. This is not at all what modern archaeologists believe. It dates far earlier than the Romans.

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