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First Reading

Nix  •  Link

From Henry Shelley's Inns and Taverns of Old London (1908):

The host, Dan Rawlinson, was so staunch a royalist that when Charles I was executed he hung his sign in mourning, an action which naturally caused him to be regarded with suspicion by the Cromwell party, but "endeared him so much to the churchmen that he throve again and got a good estate." Something of that prosperity was due no doubt to the excellent "venison-pasty" of which Pepys was so fond.

Brian G McMullen  •  Link

The following information was found at:


Mitre Court.-South out of Fenchurch Street at No. 20, east of Philpot Lane.

In Langbourn Ward (Rocque, 1746-Elmes, 1831).

Named after the Miter Tavern, which stood on the opposite side of the street in 1677.

Site now occupied by offices and business houses.

Brian G McMullen  •  Link

The Rocque map reference is:


Mitre Court is on the south side of Fenchurch. The tavern was opposite on the north side.

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Dan Rawlinson, of whom Pepys speaks so familiarly, kept the Mitre Tavern in Fenchurch Street. He was a staunch royalist, and when the King was executed, "hung his sign in mourning." This, says Hearne, made him much suspected in the rump time; but "endeared him so much to the churchmen that he throve amain and got a good estate." The Mitre was burned in the Great Fire, but rebuilt and somewhat sumptuously adorned, the walls being painted by Isaac Fuller, who left so many specimens of his pencil in the Oxford colleges.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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