Stories about the Seventeenth century

Fishing in Putney
Applying for a fishing licence can be a bit of a pain - but in the seventeenth century, things were much more complicated. In Putney, you could obtain the right to fish in the Thames in exchange for...
Remember Caesar
In the 1620s, Richard Weston Earl of Portland was living in Roehampton. There's an unlikely story about Weston and his house, told by his contemporary Lord Clarendon: Weston had promised the Earl of...
The Funeral
In the seventeenth century, there were all sorts of awkward rules about all sorts of parts of life - and of death, too. When people died, it was important that their funerals were fitting to their...
Samuel Pepys's Hat
Samuel Pepys, the famous diarist, visited Putney - and almost lost his hat there. During one visit, re reports, he: "went to Putney Church, where I saw the girls of the schools, few of which pretty;...