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4 Annotations

First Reading

Alan Burkitt-Gray  •  Link

A pedant would point out that in Pepys's day, and until the 1960s, Staines -- which is on the north bank of the River Thames -- was in the county of Middlesex, not Surrey.

When London local government was reformed in 1963, Middlesex was abolished as an administrative county. Most of it became part of the new county of Greater London and its constituent London Boroughs, but a few parts, including Staines, stayed clear of London and instead were added to Surrey -- which until then had been restricted to south of the River Thames.

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link


Below are the steps John Taylor took on his journey to see King Charles in Newport:
19 October 1648. He took the Southampton coach from the Rose at Holborn Bridge. He went along St. Giles to Brentford and then on to Staines, where he stayed the night at the Bush Inn.
20 October 1648. John Taylor left Staines and went through Bagshot and Blackwater, before reaching Alton where he stayed in the White Hart. ... and on to Newport, Isle of Wight.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Brentford is about 10 miles from London, so it was the first staging post where coach horses were rested or changed before carrying on to Hounslow Heath, Staines, Windsor and Bath, ...

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