The overlays that highlight 17th century London features are approximate and derived from Wenceslaus Hollar’s maps:

Open location in Google Maps: 51.513714, -0.110558


The location on the map is that of Hercules Pillars Alley.

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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"... a little ordinary in Hercules-pillars Ally — the Crown, a poor, sorry place, where a fellow, in twelve years, hath gained an estate of, as he says, 600l. a-year, which is very strange, and there dined, and had a good dinner, ..."

L&M: The landlord was William King.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The Crown was located just behind 22-28 Fleet Street, between the street and the river.
The landlord, William King, must have been in his fifties or older, because he had been recorded on a tithes list (a tax list) in 1638 when also living in Hercules Pillars Alley.

Source: “Taverns and Tokens of Pepys London” (1976) by George Berry, page 67.

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