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About Thursday 9 October 1662

JayW  •  Link

Jude cooper. Thanks to your link to the Crown and Falcon I realise I called in there, several years ago. Must go again.

About Thursday 9 October 1662

JayW  •  Link

Pepys on his way to my home town. Speaks to another traveller. 'Where are you going?'
'Ware'
'Yes, where are you going?'
'Ware'
Repeat until exhausted.
Oldest joke in Hertfordshire.

About Tuesday 2 September 1662

JayW  •  Link

Bridget, 'Tom's mistress' was the lady he seeks to marry. The word did not have the same meaning as in modern speech.

About Sunday 31 August 1662

JayW  •  Link

Train bands: does anyone else recall the tale of John Gilpin, who famously rode from London to Edmonton and continued unwillingly to Ware? He was said to be 'a train band captain'. So the 'train bands' were still operative over 100 years later.
From Wikipedia:
John Gilpin (18th century) was featured as the subject in a well-known comic ballad of 1782 by William Cowper, entitled The Diverting History of John Gilpin.

About Saturday 23 August 1662

JayW  •  Link

This reminds me of the Jubilee Procession of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. The River Thames was full of boats and the riverbanks were crowded with spectators. The day ended with torrential rain, which Sam was spared 250 years earlier in 1662