Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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Hatfield 27 miles from London town [Central],is a town in Hertfordshire, England. It is administered together with Welwyn Garden City as the Welwyn Hatfield district of Hertfordshire. Known for De Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd. and it's famous planes, including the "moth" series, especially the tiger [the plane that needed no pilot except for signing the paper work], and Woodern Wonder, the Mosquito. It lies on the great north RoadRoute: now known as M1/ A1 [the great north road] Westminister -- Barnet, Potters Bar Hatfield,Stevenage, Baldock, Biggleswade, Sandy and St Neots, then onto Brampton. ['tis ritten backwards]
from Kal : The inn is still there,
Hatfield or Bishop's Hatfield, Herts. In 1109, when the abbey of Ely was erected into a bishopric, Hatfield became an episcopal residence, and a sumptuous palace was built there. In 1538 the manor was conveyed to Henry VIII. by Thomas Goodrich, Bishop of Ely, in exchange for lands in Cambridge, Essex, and Norfolk, and the palace became a royal abode. James I. in 1607 exchanged it with Lord Salisbury for Theobalds, and built a new mansion for his minister, who died the year after it was finished. The inn mentioned by Pepys was the Salisbury Arms. The vineyard is still carefully kept, and is one of the last of its age existing. William Cecil, second Earl of Salisbury, succeeded his father in 1612, and died December 3rd, 1668.---Wheatley, 1899.
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