The overlays that highlight 17th century London features are approximate and derived from:

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Phil   Link to this

Later to be where Francis Thompson saw the ghost of Chatterton.
Some older buildings remains, including the Lamb and Flag pub

Stuart Woodward   Link to this

History of Covent Garden

"[In the] 17th century. [Covent Garden] was then the scene of the first experiment in London of town planning, and the creation of the first public square in the country. It was the work of three men - the Earl of Bedford the developer, Charles I, who gave his strong support to the scheme, and Inigo Jones the most important architect of the day.
Having seen and studied the many public squares in Italy, he brought the idea to London and he also surrounded it with a perfectly straight grid of streets. Londoners, used to the random and haphazard arrangement of winding streets, alleyways and courtyards, must have been amazed. Architecturally, it was a watershed in English architecture."

Susanna   Link to this

Another Map

Here is Covent Garden on a map of London made in 1746:

david mcirvine   Link to this


Covent Garden was generally festooned with paintings although I wonder what sort of picture Sam sees here. Genre painting? Something else?

Michael Robinson   Link to this

Wencaslas Hollar (Czech/British, 1607-1677)

View across Inigo Jones' Piazza in Covent Garden, towards St Paul's Church.
Etching, c. 1647.

Bill   Link to this

The allusions to the square, the church, and the piazza are of constant occurrence in the dramas of the age of Charles II. and Queen Anne. The allusions are, however, for the most part to the loose morality of those who dwelt in Covent Garden, and the libertinism of those visitors; and Kit Smart's Epilogue to the Lying-in Hospital, written in 1755, and spoken by Shuter, shows that, even as late as the middle of the last century, almost any coarseness would be tolerated in reference to Covent Garden. Among the now happily scarce publications, for which collectors of miscalled facetia readily give long prices, are Harris's Lists of Covent Garden Ladies, published annually from about 1760 to nearly the end of the century.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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