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Glyn  •  Link

Brief information from about 60 years later, in 1722.

There are 220 houses in the parish, which is absolutely tiny, so the population density here must have returned to that which existed before the Great Fire of 1666.

Glyn  •  Link

About two centuries after the Diary, Charles Dickens wrote a whimsical account of St Olave's in "The Uncommercial Traveller" as follows:

"When I think I deserve particularly well of myself, and have earned the right to enjoy a little treat, I stroll from Covent-garden into the City of London, after business-hours there, on a Saturday, or - better yet - on a Sunday, and roam about its deserted nooks and corners. It is necessary to the full enjoyment of these journeys that they should be made in summer-time, for then the retired spots that I love to haunt, are at their idlest and dullest. A gentle fall of rain is not objectionable, and a warm mist sets off my favourite retreats to decided advantage.
Among these, City Churchyards hold a high place"

"One of my best beloved churchyards, I call the churchyard of Saint Ghastly Grim; touching what men in general call it, I have no information. It lies at the heart of the City, and the Blackwall Railway shrieks at it daily. It is a small small churchyard, with a ferocious, strong, spiked iron gate, like a jail. This gate is ornamented with skulls and cross-bones, larger than the life, wrought in stone; but it likewise came into the mind of Saint Ghastly Grim, that to stick iron spikes a-top of the stone skulls, as though they were impaled, would be a pleasant device. Therefore the skulls grin aloft horribly, thrust through and through with iron spears. Hence, there is attraction of repulsion for me in Saint Ghastly Grim, and, having often contemplated it in the daylight and the dark, I once felt drawn towards it in a thunderstorm at midnight. 'Why not?' I said, in self-excuse. 'I have been to see the Colosseum by the light of the moon; is it worse to go to see Saint Ghastly Grim by the light of the lightning?' I repaired to the Saint in a hackney cab, and found the skulls most effective, having the air of a public execution, and seeming, as the lightning flashed, to wink and grin with the pain of the spikes. Having no other person to whom to impart my satisfaction, I communicated it to the driver. So far from being responsive, he surveyed me - he was naturally a bottled-nosed, red-faced man - with a blanched countenance. And as he drove me back, he ever and again glanced in over his shoulder through the little front window of his carriage, as mistrusting that I was a fare originally from a grave in the churchyard of Saint Ghastly Grim, who might have flitted home again without paying."

Here's a recent photograph:

Michael Robinson  •  Link

Detailed current description of architecture, monuments, furnishings, etc.

Buildings of England: London I, The City Yale UP, 1999. (rev ed.) pp 253-255

Bill  •  Link

Olave's (St.) (the Danish St. Olaf), Hart Street, a church in Tower Street Ward, at the top of Seething Lane, Crutched Friars, and sometimes called "Crutched Friars Church." A church was standing on the present site in 1319 when an agreement was made between the Brethren of the Crutched Friars and William de Jamford, the rector, by which the Friars were to pay the rector and his successors for ever the sum of two marks and a half per annum, as compensation for any injury he might sustain by the erection of their friary. The present church escaped the Great Fire.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

Bryan  •  Link

A side view of St Olave church showing the covered staircase leading to the Navy Office gallery

"A watercolour by G Robertson of the south east view of the Parish Church of St Olave, Hart Street, London EC3, showing the exterior staircase used by the English diarist and naval administrator Samuel Pepys, (1633 - 1703), to gain access to the pew in the gallery reserved for the Navy office."

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