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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Not a great address, apparently.

Monday 2 January 1665
... Then to the Hall, and there agreed with Mrs. Martin, and to her lodgings which she has now taken to lie in, in Bow Street, pitiful poor things, yet she thinks them pretty, and so they are for her condition I believe good enough. (Her condition is that of being pregnant.)

In 1663 the Cock Tavern on Bow Street was the resort of the rakes of the day, when the house was kept by a woman called "Oxford Kate". Here took place the indecent exposure, which has been told by Johnson, in his Life of Sackville, Lord Dorset. "Sackville, who was then Lord Buckhurst, with Sir Charles Sedley, and Sir Thomas Ogle, got drunk at the Cock, in Bow-street, by Covent-garden, and going into the balcony, exposed themselves to the company in very indecent postures."

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