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First Reading

Glyn  •  Link

Perhaps as Samuel Pepys drank here he mused on the lines of doggerel written by John Taylor in 1636 about Popes Head taverns (a popular name despite the Protestant Reformation):

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

This may be the doggerel of Taylor that Glyn was referring to:

The Popes head neere Smithfield Pens
Popes head in Moorefields
Popes head in Cornhill
Popes head in Chancery lane


These Popes heads are no Authors of Debate,
Nor Schismaticks, or Troublers of the State:
Yet theres good Clarret, and Sack Catholike
Will make a Mad man Tame, a Tame man strike.

Bill  •  Link

Pope's Head Alley, a footway from Cornhill—opposite the southwest corner of the Royal Exchange—to Lombard Street, and so called from the Pope's Head Tavern ... Early in the 17th century Pope's Head Alley was noted for its booksellers' shops. The History of the Two Maids of More-Clacke, 1609, was "printed by N. O. for Thomas Archer, and is to be sold at his shop in Pope's Head Pallace," perhaps a part of the large edifice mentioned by Stow. The first edition of Speed's Great Britain (fol. 1611) was "sold by John Sudbury and George Humble, in Pope's Head Alley, at the signe of the White Horse." Sudbury and Humble were the first printsellers established in London.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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