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6 Annotations

First Reading

Phil  •  Link

Pepys either mis-spelt the name, or it was spelt this way in his time. Today it is "Salisbury Court."

Philip Somervail  •  Link

'London Street Names' by Gillian Bebbington (1972) reveals that, 'Salisbury Court and Square mark the site of the medieval palace of the Bishops of Salisbury, where they stayed when summoned to London to attend Parliament, or on other business. Salisbury Court was its main carriage entrance, and the Square was the central courtyard. In 1564 the Bishop sold the house to Sir Richard Sackville, father of Sir Thomas Sackville, Earl of Dorset (who wrote 'Gorboduc', the first English tragedy in blank verse): hence Dorset Buildings and Rise leading out of the Square. The house was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.'

Here’s the relevant section of the invaluable 1764 map of London which Susanna discovered online:…

Glyn  •  Link

According to this amateur website there is a Blue Plaque commemorating Samuel Pepys in this street. (Blue Plaques can be found throughout London, highlighting locations linked to famous people.)… Court EC4

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Anyone know how to update these links?

Philip Somervail's interesting annotation leaves me a little unclear: Does the old Bishop's Palace ("the house") burn down in 1666, but not Salisbury Court or Salisbury Square?

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