Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
The overlays that highlight 17th century London features are approximate and derived from:
Pepys referred to this area of London as "Redriffe", as mentioned here: http://www.lddc-history.org.uk/surrey.html
From the above link: "But the village's greatest claim to fame came in 1620, when the Mayflower sailed for America carrying the Pilgrim Fathers from a pub then called The Shippe - and now renamed The Mayflower."
It's a pleasant riverside pub-restaurant to go for a drink in the summer, and understandably is popular with American visitors. I'd recommend going on the outside decking in the evening and watching the sun set on the river - very pleasant.
Captain Christopher Jones and 3 other co-owners of the Mayflower are buried in the little church opposite - have a look at the charming painted statues of Quaker-type children above the doors.
But unlike Pepys I wouldn't care to walk from Rotherhithe to Deptford - today it's built up and (I feel) a little dangerous at night.
Another view of Redriffe as an area SE of the Street and west of Cockhold's Point, near Deptford (Fairburn 1802 map): http://www.motco.com/map/81004/SeriesSearchPlat...
Redriff, a corruption of Rotherhithe. The immortal Gulliver was, as Swift tells us, long an inhabitant of Redriff.
Have I for this thy tedious absence borne, And waked, and wished whole nights for thy return? In five long years I took no second spouse, What Redriff wife so long hath kept her vows?--Swift, Mary Gulliver to Captain Lemuel Gulliver.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.
Rotherhithe or Redriffe SE of London S of the river loop on J. CARY'S MAP OF 15 MILES ROUND LONDON (1786)
Wheatley, in the annotation above, was wrong in his attribution. The poem, "Mary Gulliver to Captain Lemuel Gulliver" was written by Alexander Pope, a good friend of Swift.
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