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

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First Reading

Arbor  •  Link

It's worth looking at the above map... thanks Phil. After 30 years of working in the 'City' it's amazing how much can still be traced on the ground. Worth a visit... you bet!

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Samuel Pepys and the Clothworkers' Hall

Given the importance of currying favour at Court, it might have seemed useful to elect as Master [ of the Clothworkers' Company ] in 1677 Samuel Pepys, then best known as a senior naval civil servant.

Although Pepys's diary terminates before he served as Master, it mentions events which must have had great impact on the Company. He noted that the 1665 Plague was particularly virulent in the vicinity of Clothworkers' Hall. And in 1666, he described the effect of the Great Fire of London on the building: 'But strange it was to see Cloathworkers-hall on fire these three days and nights in one body of Flame'…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

In 1677 Samuel Pepys, the tailor's son, is elected Master of The Clothworkers’ Company, whose purpose was to protect its members and promote the craft of cloth-finishing within the City of London.…

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

Clothworkers' Hall, on the east side of Mincing Lane, FenChurch Street; the Hall of the Master, Wardens, and Commonalty of Freemen of the Art and Mystery of Clothworkers of the City of London, the twelfth on the list of the Twelve Great Companies. The original hall was destroyed in the Great Fire.
Pepys presented in 1678 a "Loving Cup," which is used on all festive occasions. It is a large standing goblet and cover of silver, with flowers and scrolls, weighing 116 ounces.
---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

Third Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

L&M: The Clothworkers’ Hall in Mincing Lane was a 16th-century building reconstructed in 1633-34. In 1677-78 Pepys served as Masters of the Company.

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