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6 Annotations

First Reading

vincent  •  Link

." After that to the Sun behind the Exchange " from SP 7th March

Glyn  •  Link

Pepys mentioned this place at least a dozen times in his diaries, but the next recorded visits aren't until 1663.

Between 1651 and 1665 the Sun was kept by a wealthy man named Nicholas Coleborne, sometimes referred to as "The Captain".

Eric Walla  •  Link

Oops. Here's another mention in 1661. You get to wondering if he really lists all the taverns he goes to in a day. Maybe his citations are limited to the stops that connect to noteworthy meetings.

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The Sun on Threadneedle St., behind the Exchange -- at other times Pepys reports, "At noon being invited, I to the Sun behind the ‘Change, to dinner to my Lord Belasses" ... "Here we dined merry; but my club and the rest come to 7s. 6d., which was too much." So it appears to be an expensive, higher class establishment.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Sun Tavern
Behind the Royal Exchange. Built after the Fire of 1666 (Wheatley).
Duke of Monmouth, Earl of Shaftesbury, and Dr. Oates lived there temp. Chas. II. (H. MSS. Com. 7th Rep. 482).

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Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.


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