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.
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