August 14th – On this day in 1666, Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary (see also posting on “Bear baiting”):
“[A]fter dinner, with my wife and Mercer to the Beare-garden [in Southwark], where I have not been, I think, of many years, and saw some good sport of the bull’s tossing of the dogs: one into the very boxes. But it is a very rude and nasty pleasure”.
The area is visited on our “Historic Southwark” standard walk.
Further details of all our walks are available in the “Guided Walks” section of our web-site.