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

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A short street or passage going south-east from Cheapside to Walbrook at St Stephen Walbrook church. Now partly where One Poultry is positioned. It can be seen on this 18th century map.

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First Reading

TerryF  •  Link

Bucklersbury (a street) peels off Cheapside toward the SE and Wallbrook, dead-ends into the [newly-built] Lord Mayor's Mansion House on the right side of this segment of the 1746 map of London.…

Pedro  •  Link


Where Sir Thomas More lived, and where his daughter Margaret was born, was a famous place for druggists, apothecaries, herbalists, and dealers in 'simples'. (Book of Days)

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

It is remarkable, that when the Plague reigned in London, Bucklers-Bury, which stood in the very Heart of the City, was free from that Distemper: The Reason given for it is, that it was chiefly inhabited by Druggists and Apothecaries, the Scent of whose Drugs kept away the Infection; which, according to my Notion, were so unnatural to the pestilential Insects, that they were kill'd or driven away by the strong Smell of some sort of Drugs.
---New Improvements of Planting and Gardening. R. Bradley, 1739.

Falstaff. Come, I cannot cog, and say thou art this and that, like a-many of these lisping haw-thorn buds, that come like women in men's apparel, and smell like Bucklers-bury ...
---Shakespeare. Merry Wives of Windsor.

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