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

Open location in Google Maps: 51.510486, -0.079222


Pepys lived at the Navy Office on this street from July 1660, and often attended services at St Olave, on the corner with Hart Street.

See here for information on the house itself.

5 Jul 2003, 2:43 a.m. - vincent

For those luckier enough to take ones little brown bag and a cover for your strong water, one can share nostalgia and and questions with the ghosts. Lane Gardens. - this garden is on the former site of the former Naval Office and official residence of the Clerk of the Acts. Samuel Pepys resided here from July 1660 and is buried in nearby St Olave’s Church. A sculptured head of Pepys can be seen in the garden.

11 Jul 2003, 10:12 a.m. - GrahamT

A short history of Seething Lane: Restoration London by Liza Picard has a short history of the Pepys household site in Seething lane from 1303 to 1673. Pages 21-22 of Pheonix Press paperback edition (2002)

27 Jul 2004, 9:04 p.m. - vicente

from Dudley on Tue 27 Jul 2004, 6:59 pm | Link "Walk down Seething Lane turn right into Crutched Frairs there is a serise of arches under Fenchurch St station by the name of French Ordinary Court. Just around the corner" Nook and crannies of London:

8 May 2005, 3:55 a.m. - michael j gresk

walking?!?!? in london at night??? how safe is sam wandering the street at that hour ??? just curious..... MJG

9 May 2005, 4:43 a.m. - dirk

"how safe is sam wandering the street at that hour" Maybe his boy is with him - with his new sword...

28 Sep 2005, 2:09 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Peter Easton adds an image of The Navy Office/Seething Lane as Pepys would have known it (from 1714 engraving) in his very interesting in-depth article,

30 Jan 2006, 3:59 a.m. - in Aqua Scripto

Here be two maps, 1666 in detail and 1676, Seething Lane in Morgans map 1676 Seething Lane 1666 after the fire details down to property lines. In the 1676 Map there be just a blank spot for the Navy Office. I wonder why?

3 Mar 2006, 4:20 p.m. - Richard Tames

Re blank for Navy Office on map of 1676. The blue plaque now marking its site proclaims that it burned down in 1673.

15 Jun 2013, 9:48 p.m. - Bill

Seething Lane, Great Tower Street (east end) to Crutched Friars. The church of Allhallows Barking is at the corner in Tower Street Sieuthenestrate, or Suiethenestrate, is mentioned in the City records as early as A.D. 1281

13 Jul 2013, 5:28 p.m. - James Wood

Why is Seething Lane so named? Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is silent on the subject. The OED offers no explanation. I do not have access to Britannica, and to date no one has volunteered an opinion among these annotations.

13 Jul 2013, 10:26 p.m. - Bill

James, check the annotation right above. (There should be a period after "Street.") Sieuthenestrate, or Suiethenestrate, is mentioned in the City records as early as A.D. 1281.

1 Jun 2015, 8:19 p.m. - Terry Foreman

For Seething Lane (Navy Office; St Olave) see the SE corner of this map

16 Jun 2018, 9:42 p.m. - San Diego Sarah

One weekday in June every year there is a charming ceremony held in Seething Lane gardens, presided over by Samuel Pepys' statue, of course. This article gives a brief history of Seething Lane and the background to the ceremony. It's up to you to figure out when the ceremony will be held each year ...


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