Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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Bethnal Green…Roger Crab, Seventeenth-century English hermit.
For those who like a good tale...
“When Oliver Cromwell, leader of the nonconformists Presbyterians or Puritans, revolted against the Catholic monarch Charles I in 1642, Roger Crab joined the rebels. He fought for seven years and may have traveled with Roundhead armies to Ireland and Scotland, where monarchists and Catholics were overthrown. In 1648, however, at the battle of Colchester, Crab received the blow on the head that was to change his fate. He was, as he puts it, "cloven to the braine."He moved to Bethnal Green…
Bethnai Green stretches north-sourh along the left wide of this segmant of the 18th century map. http://www.motco.com/map/81002/SeriesSearchPlat...
Bethnal Green is found NNE of London not far above the middle of the J Cary map.http://www.motco.com/map/81001/SeriesSearchPlat...
Sir William Rider's house was at Bethnal Green, and was popularly associated with the ballad of the "Beggar's Daughter of Bethnal Green." It was long known as the "Blind Beggar's House."---Wheatley, 1899.
It's of a blind beggar who had lost his sight,And he had a daughter most beautiful bright,Let me seek my fortune, dear father, said sheAnd the favour was granted to charming Betsy.etc.
See the diary entry for 26 June 1663: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1663/06/26/
Sir William Rider: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1766/
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