Eric Walla • Link
So are you suggesting Sam is off to a rugby match?
anglophilus • Link
Twickenham was the site of several large homes owned by the literati and nobility -- as this (http://www.richmond.gov.uk/depts/chiefexec/poli...) web site says, "Twickenham was the 18th century equivalent of Beverley Hills."
In particular see this history of York House from the Bourough of Richmond and Thames: (http://www.richmond.gov.uk/depts/opps/eal/leisu...) which mentions the connection to Pepys.
hazel-mary • Link
Twickenham's setting by the Thames was much admired by Renaissance gardeners and many famous houses were built there. Pope settled there because of its riverside setting and because at 12 miles from London it was on the edge of the 10 mile radius from the city inside which Catholics (Pope was a Catholic) were not allowed to live.There is a ferry still from Marble Hill Park on the Twickenham bank to Ham House on the Surrey side of the river. Ham House was built in the early seventeenth century house by the Earl of Dysart, a Royalist and former whipping boy of Charles I. It was a hotbed of Royalist politics during most of the seventeenth century. His heiress Elizabeth Murray married Sir Lionel Tollemache of Suffolk in 1648 and the two were leading lights in the Society of the Sealed Knot. Elizabeth was also rumoured to be on intimate terms with Cromwell during the Protectorate. After the Restoration Charles II made Elizabeth the title of Countess of Dysart in her own right and in 1672 she married for the second time to the former Scottish covenanter turned Royalist, John Maitland who in 1673 was made Duke of Lauderdale and later became a member of the CABAL government.
Andrew Hamilton • Link
A rather bare tunnel under Cross Deep Road in Twickenham is known as Pope's Grotto. It runs between St. Catherine's School(where I have a granddaughter) and the boy's St. James's on the Thames side -- both Catholic schools, appropriately. The schools are located on Cross Deep just upstream from (of course) Grotto Rd.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.